Representatives from Finland, Sweden and Turkey meet again this month to discuss NATO expansion. This was announced by Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto at a press conference on Friday.
Consultations will take place in Finland. Haavisto said the memorandum signed by the two countries in June ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid will serve as the basis for the talks.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had announced earlier that a meeting between the three countries would be held on August 26. But he did not say where the delegations would meet.
Turkey has long tried to prevent Finland and Sweden from joining NATO. Ankara accused both countries of supporting groups banned in Turkey, such as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, and denounced the presence of followers of the preacher Fethullah Gulen in those countries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suspects Gulen was behind the July 2016 coup attempt.
In the memorandum signed in Madrid, the three countries pledged to cooperate in the fight against terrorism. The text also stipulates that representatives of the countries concerned will meet regularly.
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