Turkey signs agreement to support Finland and Sweden joining NATO

23:52 28 Jun, 2022

Turkey has signed an agreement to support Finland and Sweden’s bid for NATO membership, BBC reports.

The foreign ministers of Sweden, Turkey and Finland shook hands after signing documents.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters that the memorandum addressed Turkey’s concerns around arms exports and the fight against terrorism.

Turkey had initially opposed the Nordic countries’ bids to join.

Turkey was angered by what it saw as their willingness to host Kurdish militants. Sweden and Finland could not join NATO without Turkey’s support.

Foreign ministers from the three countries signed a joint security pact that addressed Turkey’s concerns.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Sweden agreed to step up its work on Turkish extradition requests of suspected militants.

The two Nordic nations will also lift their restrictions on selling weapons to Turkey, he said.

Finland’s President Niinisto said the three countries signed the joint memorandum “to extend their full support against threats to each other’s security”.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said it was “a very important step for NATO”.

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said it “got what it wanted” from Sweden and Finland.