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Turkey drops opposition to Sweden's NATO bid on eve of summit

By Kareem Fahim and Emily Rauhala

10 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Turkey has agreed to support Sweden's bid to join NATO, according to the alliance's secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg. This decision comes after months of opposition from Turkey, which had caused concern among Western governments.

ISTANBUL - Turkey has agreed to admit Sweden to NATO, the alliance's secretary general said Monday, dropping months of opposition that had roiled Western governments trying to counter Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"President Erdogan has agreed to forward the Accession Protocol for Sweden to the Grand National Assembly as soon as possible and work closely with the assembly to ensure ratification," said Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's secretary general, referring to Turkey's parliament, in surprise remarks late Monday after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.

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