A top adviser to the Turkish president has told his US counterpart that Turkey wants “firm action” on the existence of so-called “terrorist organizations” in Finland and Sweden before considering their NATO bid, the Turkish presidency said.
Ibrahim Kalin, chief foreign policy adviser to US National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan and President Tayyip Erdogan, spoke on Monday to discuss the NATO bid and the war in Ukraine, the Turkish presidency said in a statement.
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) harbors individuals associated with the militant group and others consider it a terrorist organization, and Turkey has objected to the two countries joining the Western defense alliance because Finland and Sweden stopped exporting arms to Turkey in 2019.
In a statement, the Turkish presidency said Kalin had told Sullivan in a phone call that countries wishing to join NATO must “internalize the alliance’s values and policies on security and counter-terrorism.”
“It is imperative that Sweden and Finland take firm action against terrorist organizations that threaten Turkey’s national security,” it added.
All 30 NATO members must approve plans to expand NATO.
Sweden and Finland have said they condemn terrorism and are open to discussion.
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