Finland and Sweden: NATO

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement on 18 May that Turkey will not approve NATO membership for Finland and Sweden unless certain conditions are met, what recent discussions the Prime Minister has had with the President of Turkey.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Prime Minister discussed the applications of Finland and Sweden for NATO membership with President Erdoğan on 20 May. The Prime Minister underlined the UK's support for the rapid accession of both countries, who will add to the collective security of the Alliance. He welcomed Turkey's plans to discuss with Sweden and Finland the issues raised by the President, and reiterated the UK's willingness to support the accession process.

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