Turkey expects Sweden to assuage Ankara’s concerns over terrorism under a tripartite memorandum, Turkey’s president said on Tuesday, urging Stockholm to take more concrete action.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson in the Turkish capital Ankara, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country was happy that the new Swedish government said it would respect the signed tripartite memorandum to Madrid.
“Sweden wants NATO membership for its own security, and Turkey wants to see a Sweden that supports the alleviation of Ankara’s security concerns,” he added.
The PKK/PYD/YPG, Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and DHKP-C terrorist groups “must be prevented from exploiting Sweden’s democratic environment”, he also said, noting that PKK terrorists should not be allowed to demonstrate in the rags of their organization in Sweden.
It is “important” that members of FETO, the group behind the defeated coup in Turkey in 2016, be extradited from Sweden, the president said, calling for more action on the matter.
Sweden will fully implement the Tripartite Memorandum
Kristersson, for his part, said his country “will fully implement the tripartite memorandum” signed in June between Sweden, Turkey and Finland.
Stockholm understands that Ankara is waging a fight against the PKK terrorist group and wants to help in this fight, the prime minister said, stressing that he had a “positive” meeting with Erdogan.
“We will make great strides towards the end of this year and the beginning of next year, particularly in the area of anti-terrorism legislation,” he said, adding that his country would take any threat “seriously”. against Sweden and Turkey.
He also noted that there was “great potential in our relations with Turkey” and said the two countries “can do a lot in trade and tourism.”
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the US, and is responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.
The trilateral agreement Turkey, Sweden and Finland signed in June stipulates that Finland and Sweden will not provide support to the YPG/PYD, the Syrian branch of the PKK, and FETO. The agreement also indicates that Ankara gives its full support to Finland and Sweden against threats to their national security.
All 30 permanent NATO allies must approve any expansion of the bloc.
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