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Erdogan Submits Sweden’s NATO Bid to Turkish Parliament

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey formally submitted Sweden’s NATO membership software to parliament on Monday, his workplace mentioned, bringing nearer the attainable finish of a 17-month diplomatic standoff.

Turkey and Hungary are the one NATO members but to ratify Sweden’s membership request, which got here after Stockholm dropped its long-standing coverage of non-alignment final 12 months after Russia launched its struggle on Ukraine.

Erdogan agreed at a NATO summit in Vilnius in July to place the ratification of Sweden’s membership earlier than the Turkish parliament as stress grew on Ankara from companions.

“Sweden’s NATO membership protocol was signed on October 23, 2023, by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and despatched to the Grand Nationwide Meeting of Turkey,” the presidency posted on X, previously Twitter.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson known as the announcement “encouraging information.”

“Now it stays for the parliament to cope with the problem,” Kristersson mentioned, additionally in a submit on X.

“We sit up for changing into a NATO member,” he added.

Sweden’s Nordic neighbor Finland, which utilized to affix NATO on the similar time, was granted membership in April.

Erdogan has put stress on Sweden to take measures over Koran burnings at protests within the nation which have angered many in Muslim nations.

Ankara additionally says Sweden is harboring outlawed Kurdish militants and has demanded their extradition.