LONDON (AA) – Sweden and Finland need to cooperate more with Türkiye and tighten their anti-terror laws to combat terrorist groups to join NATO, the alliance’s top official has said.
The two Nordic countries should bolster cooperation with Türkiye in the fight against the PKK and its offshoots, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Swedish public broadcaster SVT.
On why Türkiye has yet to join 28 fellow allies in ratifying Sweden and Finland’s application to join NATO, Stoltenberg noted that Ankara’s terrorism-related concerns were due to it having suffered more terror attacks than any other country in the alliance.
Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO in June, a decision spurred by Russia’s war on Ukraine.
However, Türkiye voiced objections to the membership bids, criticizing the countries for tolerating and even supporting terrorist groups.