Erdoğan signs protocol on Sweden's accession to NATO and asks Turkish parliament to approve it
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signed a protocol on Sweden's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance. The document has been sent to the country's parliament for ratification.
This was reported by the press service of the Turkish President on Twitter. It is noted that Erdoğan signed the protocol on Monday, October 23.
"The protocol on Sweden's accession to NATO was signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on October 23, 2023, and submitted to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey," Erdoğan's press service said in a brief statement.
Erdoğan also previously pledged to cooperate with parliament to ensure the document's approval.
Earlier, Swedish media, citing their own sources, reported that Stockholm is optimistic about the NATO accession process and expects it to be completed within the next few weeks.
In July, at the NATO Summit in Vilnius, Turkey agreed to unblock the process of ratification of Sweden's accession to the Alliance in exchange for the Scandinavian country's assistance in bringing Ankara closer to the European Union.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that he would submit the ratification of Sweden's NATO membership application to parliament in October, when the legislature reconvenes after the summer recess.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto promised that if Turkey ratifies Sweden's membership in the North Atlantic Alliance, his country will keep its promise not to slow down any country's accession to the military treaty.