Nordic leaders to meet with Turkish officials

AP , Thursday 2 Jun 2022

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday said he's convening a meeting of senior officials from Finland, Sweden and Turkey to try to overcome Ankara's objections to the two Nordic countries joining the alliance.

NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg
Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a joint press conference, with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department on June 01, 2022, in Washington, DC. AFP


Stoltenberg told reporters that the talks will be held in Brussels ``in a few days with senior officials,'' but provided no further details.

``I'm confident that we will find a way forward,'' he said.

Roused by security concerns over Russia's war on Ukraine, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO last month. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blocking their path. He has said they're not doing enough to fight Kurdish extremism.

Asked how long it might take to end the standoff, Stoltenberg said his goal is before the NATO summit.

US President Joe Biden, Erdogan and their NATO counterparts are meeting in Madrid from June 28-30.

``We want to make sure that all allies have their security concerns taken into account, and that includes Turkey,`` US Secretary of State ,  said.

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