NATO Welcomes Turkish Parliament’s Approval of Sweden’s Accession

NATO Welcomes Turkish Parliament's Approval of Sweden's Accession

Stockholm, The Gulf Observer: The recent approval of a bill on Sweden’s accession to NATO by the Turkish parliament has garnered widespread support, with Sweden, the United States, Germany, and Belgium expressing enthusiasm over the decision.

Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom conveyed Sweden’s anticipation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s signing of the ratification document, solidifying Sweden’s role as a “reliable, solidary, and committed NATO member.” The Swedish government looks forward to contributing to the strength and cohesion of the alliance.

The United States welcomed Turkey’s endorsement of Sweden’s NATO membership, emphasizing its significance as a crucial priority for President Joe Biden. Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security advisor, highlighted Sweden as a robust defense partner, emphasizing that its NATO membership would enhance the safety and strength of both the United States and the alliance.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz applauded the Turkish parliament’s decision, deeming it “important and correct.” Germany sees this as a step that reinforces the NATO alliance. The German Foreign Ministry urged Hungary to complete the remaining steps promptly, facilitating the formal inclusion of Sweden into NATO.

Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib echoed the sentiments of her counterparts, emphasizing the collective effort for European security. With Sweden joining NATO, Lahbib anticipates enhanced safety for Europe and increased strength for the alliance.

The unanimous support from Turkey, the United States, Germany, and Belgium signifies a shared commitment to bolstering NATO’s capabilities and promoting regional and global security through Sweden’s accession.