Hurriyet Daily News
July 1, 2022

Deal with Nordic states just a beginning: Erdoğan

The deal Türkiye, Sweden and Finland agreed in Madrid is just the beginning of the two Nordic states’ process to join NATO, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, underlining that Ankara will closely follow the implementation of the promises outlined in the document in regard to the intensified fight against terror [sic].

“Of course, promises are important, but for us, the implementation is more important. We are moving cautiously as a country that has been stabbed in the back heaps of times in its fight against terrorism. We will, therefore, follow very closely whether these words are kept,” Erdoğan told reporters on his return from Spain following the NATO leaders’ summit.

Türkiye lifted its objections to Sweden and Finland’s bid to join the alliance after they formally agreed to fight against the presence and activities of the terror organizations on their lands….

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Erdoğan said…“But we should also know that the fact that this document is signed does not mean that the process is over….No, nothing is over yet….”

Erdoğan suggested that the terror organizations such as the PKK, PYD/YPG and FETÖ are now mentioned in the NATO documents and it shows Türkiye is on the right track….

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“Although the opposition tried to overshadow it, the NATO Summit was a great diplomatic victory for Türkiye…,” he stated.

Sweden extradited three terrorists

The Swedish authorities have already extradited at least three terrorists, but this is not enough for Türkiye, he suggested, informing that Stockholm pledged to send 73 suspects in the coming period.

“Our justice, foreign ministries, as well as our National Intelligence Organization, will closely follow and tell [Sweden] to send these terrorists. These are our demands. If they are not extradited, then we will do whatever necessary through our institutions,” he said.