Turkish President Erdoğan agrees to back Sweden's NATO bid, Stoltenberg says

Posted on AllSides July 10th, 2023
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has agreed to support Sweden's bid for NATO membership, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday.

Why it matters: Erdoğan's veto was the primary factor preventing Sweden from becoming NATO's 32nd member.

The Turkish leader claimed Sweden had harbored militants who Turkey views as terrorists, and he insisted Stockholm lift a ban on arms exports to Ankara.

Sweden had amended its laws and lifted the ban in order to comply with those requests, but Erdoğan seemed to move the goalposts again in recent days by...

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