(Istanbul) Turkey has approved the NATO accession of these two Nordic countries after more than three hours of discussions on Tuesday in Madrid on the sidelines of the Atlantic Alliance Summit.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has received “full cooperation” from Finland and Sweden against Kurdish PKK fighters and their allies, the Turkish presidency said in a statement on Tuesday evening.
“Turkey got what it wanted,” the Turkish Presidency said in its statement.
The agreement was signed on Tuesday evening in front of the camera by the diplomatic heads of the three countries concerned.
The two accession countries are committed to “comprehensive cooperation with Turkey in the fight” against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which Ankara and its western allies regard as a terrorist organization, and against movements associated with it, the text reads.
Helsinki and Stockholm also pledge to “show solidarity with Turkey in the fight against terrorism in all its forms”.
Similarly, the two capitals have agreed “not to impose any restrictions or embargoes on the defense industry,” the Turkish presidency said.
These were Turkey’s main demands in order to overturn its objection to NATO enlargement to include Sweden and Finland.
The Turkish Presidency further assures that the two newcomers will take “concrete measures to extradite terrorist criminals” from their territories and to “ban the fundraising and recruitment activities of the PKK and its affiliates” domestically.
Finally, she welcomes the fact that the US-based “Fetö” movement of preacher Fetullah Gülen, which Mr Erdogan blames for the 2016 coup attempt, is recognized as a “terrorist organization”, as is the PKK, as is the YPG and the others.
She sees it as “a very important step in the international dimension of Turkey’s fight” against terrorism.
The NATO countries will officially “invite” these two countries to join the alliance on Wednesday after the lifting of the Turkish veto, their Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced to the press in Madrid.