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Turkey agrees to support Sweden and Finland’s bid to join NATO


Finnish and Swedish leaders met with Turkey’s Erdogan on June 28 to break the deadlock.

Istanbul:

Turkey “got what it wanted” from Sweden and Finland before agreeing to support their efforts to join the NATO defense alliance, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said on Tuesday.

“Turkey has made significant progress in the fight against terrorist organizations,” the Turkish statement said, adding, “Turkey got what it wanted.”

The two Nordic countries agreed to “cooperate fully with Turkey in its fight against the PKK” and other Kurdish militant groups, the statement said.

They also agreed to lift their arms embargoes on Turkey, which were imposed in response to Ankara’s 2019 military incursion into Syria.

The two countries will ban “fundraising and recruitment activities” for Kurdish activists and “prevent terrorist propaganda against Turkey”, Erdogan’s office said.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state for decades that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by Ankara and most of its Western allies.

But the group’s Syrian branch, the YPG, has been an important player in the US-led international alliance against the Islamic State group in Syria.

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