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Fidan: Turkey committed to 'understandings' on Sweden’s NATO bid

Fidan’s remarks came a few days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised question marks over his country’s pending ratification of the Sweden’s accession to NATO.
Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan attends a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart following their talks in Moscow on August 31, 2023. (Photo by MAXIM SHEMETOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MAXIM SHEMETOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

ANKARA —  Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said on Wednesday that his country remains committed to understandings it reached with NATO and Sweden over Stockholm's membership bid which is pending Turkey's and Hungary's ratification.

Speaking alongside with his British counterpart James Cleverly, who started a two-day visit to Turkey on Wednesday, Fidan recommitted to the understandings that Turkey and Sweden agreed to on the sidelines of the two NATO summits in Madrid last year, and in Vilnius in July. 

“The road maps drafted there, the expectations from the parties, and the obligations are clear,” Fidan told journalists. “The process is progressing within this framework.”

Fidan’s comment comes a few days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan added fresh uncertainty around Sweden’s pending NATO bid, saying it was for the Turkish parliament, not him, to decide.

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