Turkiye's Fidan, US' Blinken, and NATO's Stoltenberg meet ahead of NATO summit

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Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan meets his US counterpart Antony Blinken and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg ahead of NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels

Turkiye's Fidan, US' Blinken, and NATO's Stoltenberg meet ahead of NATO summit

Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan met his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on social media platform X. 

During their meeting, Fidan and Blinken focused on recent developments in Gaza and Sweden's bid for NATO membership, according to the ministry's statement.

The U.S. State Department reported that Blinken emphasized the positive nature of their previous meetings in Ankara a few weeks ago and anticipated a similarly fruitful discussion. Blinken highlighted ongoing efforts to address the crisis in Gaza and underscored the multitude of issues on the agenda for the upcoming NATO summit in June, including Sweden's membership bid, along with other concerns such as Russia's continuous attacks against Ukraine.

Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to collaborate with Turkiye, an important NATO ally.

"We have many issues here at this NATO meeting, including Sweden's membership, many other issues, and Russia’s ongoing attacks against Ukraine," Blinken emphasized.

Fidan, in response, expressed confidence that the discussions would cover crucial matters, emphasizing the significance of the friendship and cooperation between Turkiye and the U.S.

Turkiye, along with Hungary, is yet to ratify Sweden’s accession protocol.

Turkiye has been pushing Swedish authorities to take concrete steps to alleviate its security concerns, especially regarding support for terrorist groups such as the PKK and FETO, whose 2016 defeated coup bid claimed over 200 lives.

The protocol is currently in the Turkish Parliament’s hands but officials have warned against any approval until at least the next year.

Ankara has also drawn Western scorn for its strong condemnation of Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas on Oct. 7.

Israeli attacks have since killed over 15,000 Palestinians, including 6,150 children and 4,000 women, according to health authorities in the enclave.

Source: Newsroom

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