Sweden will support Turkey’s EU accession process

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During the meeting between Turkey, Sweden, and NATO, it was reported that Sweden will actively support Turkey’s EU membership process, including the updating of the Customs Union and visa liberalization.

According to the news in Dünya newspaper, during the meeting between Turkey, Sweden, and NATO, it was agreed to work towards removing barriers and sanctions in defense trade and investments among allies.

It was reported that Turkey will submit Sweden’s NATO Accession Protocols to the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) and work closely for their approval during the Turkey, Sweden, and NATO meeting.

A senior Turkish official stated that Turkey received full support regarding the EU process, including the lifting of sanctions and visa liberalization, during the trilateral meeting in Vilnius.

Following the trilateral meeting between Turkey, Sweden, and NATO, it was announced that Turkey will submit Sweden’s NATO Accession Protocols to the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM), and Sweden will support Turkey’s efforts to revitalize its European Union (EU) membership process.

A written statement was issued after the trilateral meeting of Turkey, Sweden, and NATO in Vilnius.

The statement highlighted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met at the NATO Summit in Vilnius.

The statement noted that since the last NATO Summit, Turkey and Sweden have been working closely together to address Turkey’s legitimate security concerns. As part of this process, it was mentioned that Sweden has made constitutional amendments, changed its laws, significantly expanded cooperation in the fight against terrorism, particularly against the PKK, and resumed arms exports to Turkey in line with the steps agreed upon in the Trilateral Communique reached in 2022.

The statement mentioned that Turkey and Sweden have reached an agreement to continue their cooperation within the framework of both the Trilateral Permanent Joint Mechanism established at the 2022 Madrid NATO Summit and a new bilateral Security Mechanism that will convene once a year at the ministerial level and establish appropriate working groups. The following points were noted:

“At the first meeting of the Security Committee, Sweden will present a roadmap for the full implementation of all elements of the Trilateral Communique, including Article 4, which serves as the basis for combating all forms and manifestations of terrorism. Sweden reiterates that it will not support YPG/PYD or the organization known as FETÖ in Turkey. Turkey and Sweden agree that counterterrorism cooperation is a long-term effort that will continue even after Sweden’s accession to NATO.

Secretary-General Stoltenberg also reaffirmed NATO’s categorical condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. NATO will significantly accelerate its work in this field, including the establishment of the position of Counterterrorism Coordinator for the first time in its history. We are committed to the principle that there should be no restrictions, barriers, or sanctions on defense trade and investments among allies. We will work towards the removal of such barriers.”

The statement also mentioned that Turkey and Sweden have agreed to enhance economic cooperation through the Turkey-Sweden Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO). They will seek ways to maximize opportunities for bilateral trade and investments, aiming to increase economic cooperation between the two countries.

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