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Christerson spoke with Erdogan about NATO |  Sweden

Christerson spoke with Erdogan about NATO | Sweden

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson during a NATO meeting in Vilnius this summer.

picture: Philip Singer/Pool/EPA EPA

It took his time.

But on January 23 of this year, the Turkish Parliament finally approved Sweden's application to join the defense NATO – a year and a half after it was submitted.

Christerson and Erdogan have now spoken.

“Good conversation with President Erdogan about Turkey’s ratification of Sweden’s accession to NATO, joint efforts in combating terrorism, and regional and European issues.”writes on X.

Erdogan, for his part, is said to have stressed the importance of Sweden providing “the necessary support to Turkey in the fight against terrorism” – and that the countries should step up security cooperation in the future, according to Turkey’s state communications unit VX.

Hungary remains

Despite previous promises, Hungary is now the only country that has not ratified Sweden's application to join NATO.

The Hungarian Parliament will meet on Monday for an additional session at the request of the opposition. Then Sweden's application to join NATO became on the agenda.

But representatives of the Hungarian ruling party are not even planning to attend. Neither Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's ruling Fidesz party nor its coalition partner, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, will attend, according to Hungarian website ATV.

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