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Sweden to Send Diplomatic Delegation to Ankara to Discuss NATO Bid

A team of Swedish diplomats will head to Turkey for talks on "resolving" Ankara's objections to Sweden joining NATO, Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said Monday, DW reports.

Speaking to Swedish media ahead of a formal vote by lawmakers to hand in the membership application, Hultqvist said the diplomats would hold "discussions and dialogue" to see "what this is really about."

Adding a new member to NATO requires approval by all 30 members of the alliance and their parliaments.

Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey did not have a "positive opinion" about Finland and Sweden's ambitions to join the military alliance.

Erdogan accused both countries of harboring "terrorist organizations."

Speaking with Turkish reporters after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Sunday said that Sweden and Finland must stop supporting terrorists in their countries, provide clear security guarantees and lift export bans on Turkey.


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