Stoltenberg answered journalists’ questions after meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson about Sweden’s application for NATO membership, prior to the NATO Summit in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.
“I am pleased to announce that President Erdogan has agreed to forward Sweden’s accession protocol to the Parliament as soon as possible and to work closely with the Parliament for ratification,” NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said.
Stating that Sweden and Turkey have been working to address Turkey’s legitimate security concerns since the Madrid Summit, Stoltenberg stressed that Sweden’s fight against terrorism will continue after participation.
Stoltenberg said, “Turkey and Sweden have agreed to establish a bilateral security mechanism today. NATO will seriously increase its work in this area. I will appoint a Special Counter-Terrorism Coordinator for the first time in NATO’s history.” he said.
Details are coming…