The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish Parliament today postponed the discussion of the protocol for Sweden’s accession to NATO, the Turkish television NTV reported.
The meeting was chaired by Fuat Oktay, chairman of the commission. Several international agreements and documents were included in the agenda, including the protocol on Sweden’s accession to NATO.
No decisions have been made on these documents, NTV, quoted by BTA, informed.
According to the television, the date of the next discussion will be determined later.
Before the meeting of the commission, the chairman of the Turkish Mejlis Numan Kurtulmuş held a video conference meeting with the chairman of the Swedish parliament, Andreas Norlen. Kurtulmus, who noted that he is closely following the process of Sweden’s accession to NATO, said that he hopes this process will be completed as soon as possible.
According to information from the state television TRT, the initiative to postpone the discussion and voting of the protocol was proposed by deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party.
According to them, the issue of Sweden is “not clear enough” and “not mature enough to be discussed”. Therefore, they asked the commission to end the discussion and postpone it to another date, the television stated.
At the NATO summit in Vilnius in July, Turkey agreed to lift its veto on Sweden’s admission to NATO. Sweden has promised Turkey not to support organizations that Ankara considers terrorist and to provide it with all possible assistance in the matter of its European integration.