Turkey says it will start validating Finland’s NATO candidacy

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday (17) that Turkey will begin the process of validating Finland’s proposed membership of NATO, the intergovernmental military alliance, in parliament after the country took concrete steps to fulfill its pledges.

At a press conference with his Finnish counterpart, Erdogan said that Turkey would continue discussions with Sweden on terrorism-related issues and that Sweden’s NATO candidacy would directly depend on the measures taken.

Finland welcomes Turkey’s plans for NATO ratification

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Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Friday welcomed Turkey’s plan to begin the process of ratifying Finland’s membership of the military alliance.

“We understand earlier that you have made your decision and signing it today confirms that the Turkish parliament starts working on the ratification of Finnish membership,” Niinisto told a joint news conference with Erdogan.

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“It is certainly, for all of Finland, very important,” said Niinisto.

(With information by Ece Toksabay, Ceyda Caglayan, Essi Lehto, and Terje Solsvik; text by Daren Butler; editing by Jonathan Spicer)

Source: CNN Brasil

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