Turkey throws support behind Sweden’s NATO bid

by ian


After months of holdup, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan agreed Monday to support Sweden’s bid to become the 32nd member of NATO. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made the announcement.

For the past year, Turkey had opposed Sweden’s entry, saying it was harboring Kurdish terrorists. Stoltenberg gave few details on why Turkey changed its mind, besides saying they were able to find “common ground”. According to the BBC, Sweden introduced tougher anti-terrorism laws last month.

Hungary is expected to drop its objections to Sweden’s addition as well.

Stoltenberg commented on the additional strength that Sweden will add to the alliance.