Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with the leaders of Sweden and Finland on Saturday, urging Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson to take “concrete and serious steps” to address Turkey’s concerns about terrorist organizations, as the three countries work to reach an agreement to win Turkey’s support for approving Finland and Sweden’s NATO applications.

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Erdogan told Andersson on a phone call that Sweden should end its financial, political and weapons support to groups Turkey considers to be terrorist organizations, the Turkish presidency said in a statement,

Erdogan also said Sweden’s restrictions on Turkey’s defense industry following the 2019 invasion of Syria should be lifted.

andersson said in a tweet following the call Sweden looks forward to “strengthening our bilateral relations, including on peace, security, and the fight against terrorism.”

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said he also spoke with Erdogan on an “open and direct phone call” Saturday, stressing Finland condemns terrorism in all forms.

Niinisto said he told Erdogan that Finland and Turkey’s relationship will grow stronger as they commit to each other’s security, adding “close dialogue” will continue.


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