Sweden and Turkey discuss extraditions requested by Ankara

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A delegation from Sweden, a candidate for NATO membership, met with Turkish officials on Wednesday to discuss Ankara’s requests to extradite people it considers terrorists, ANKARA said. reported the Turkish Press Agency.

Turkey had threatened to block offers from Sweden and Finland to join the 30-member military alliance. He accused the two Nordic countries of ignoring Turkish security concerns and insisted they change their stance on Kurdish rebels and other groups Turkey considers terrorists. Ankara had also demanded the lifting of an arms embargo on Turkey.

NATO works by consensus and Nordic membership needs Turkey’s approval to move forward.

Officials from the Swedish and Turkish justice ministries have started two-day talks to discuss the possible extradition of people linked to banned Kurdish groups or the network of an exiled cleric whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating a coup. failed state in 2016, Anadolu Agency reported.

Last week, Sweden announced it would lift the arms embargo it imposed on Ankara in 2019, following Turkey’s military operation against the Kurdish militia known as the YPG in Syria. The move was widely seen as a step to win Ankara’s approval.

The Turkish parliament has not yet ratified Sweden’s and Finland’s accession to NATO.

Finland and Sweden, once neutral, are abandoning what, in Sweden’s case, has been 200 years of military non-alignment, pressured into joining NATO’s mutual defense pact following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and its continuing war there.

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