Stoltenberg to Erdoğan: Sweden has fulfilled its obligations to Turkey for joining NATO

Jens Stoltenberg/Photo EPA-EFE/Robert Ghement

Sweden has fulfilled its obligations to Turkey, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said today after a two-hour meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey has blocked Sweden's entry into NATO for 13 months, accusing it of leniency towards Kurdish activists living on its territory.

Stoltenberg expressed hope that Turkey will approve Sweden's entry into NATO before the summit of heads of state of the alliance's member states on June 11 and 12 in Vilnius.

The head of NATO thanked Turkey for responding to the request to send reinforcements to the north of Kosovo.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said yesterday that it plans to send its forces to Kosovo in response to NATO's request to join the KFOR peacekeeping force following the unrest in northern Kosovo.

Yesterday, Stoltenberg attended the inauguration of Erdogan, who began his third presidential term, which will last five years.

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