Turkey: Sweden’s NATO bid delayed in parliament

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatari state media]

“The Turkish parliament’s foreign affairs commission has delayed a vote on Sweden’s NATO membership bid in a further setback to the Nordic country’s hopes of joining the Western alliance after 18 months of waiting. Chairman Fuat Oktay said the commission will hold further talks and may bring the bill back on its agenda next week – but he did not set a clear timeline. … Erdogan said this month that he would try to facilitate the ratification process, but added Sweden had not taken enough action on Kurdish armed groups. For ratification, the bill needs to be approved by the commission before being put to a full parliament vote, which could come days or weeks later.” (11/16/23)