Biden talks to Erdogan, Turkey still hasn’t given the green light to Sweden’s NATO membership

The NATO summit in Vilnius is imminent. On the 9th local time, Turkish President Erdogan and US President Biden talked on the phone to discuss Sweden’s NATO membership and other issues.

Erdogan told Biden that Sweden had taken steps in the right direction to secure Turkey’s approval to join NATO, but said they had had little effect because supporters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were still held in Sweden protest activity.

In a statement, the White House said Biden “expressed a desire to welcome Sweden to NATO as soon as possible.”

Currently, Sweden’s application to join NATO is still not supported by NATO members Turkey and Hungary.

Turkey has repeatedly urged Sweden to take stronger measures to combat terrorism, and Sweden has repeatedly stated that it has met the requirements agreed in negotiations with Turkey, including proposing a new anti-terrorism law. But Erdogan has yet to signal that he will give the green light to Sweden.

According to TASS news agency, Biden and Erdogan also discussed bilateral relations, Ukraine’s accession to NATO, the Black Sea food agreement, and the delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.

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