Saturday, February 4, 2023

Turkey cancels Swedish defence minister’s visit over protest permit

Issued on: 21/01/2023 – 08:46

Turkey mentioned on Saturday that it had referred to as off a visit by Sweden’s defence minister over a deliberate anti-Turkey protest in Stockholm. 

“At this level, Swedish Defence Minister Pal Jonson’s visit to Turkey on January 27 has misplaced its significance and that means, so we cancelled the visit,” Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar mentioned.

The Swedish minister visit was aimed toward overcoming Ankara’s objections to Sweden‘s bid to hitch the NATO army alliance. 

Turkey has been angered by permission obtained by a right-wing extremist to reveal afterward Saturday in entrance of the Turkish embassy within the Swedish capital.

The Danish-Swedish politician, Rasmus Paludan, whose anti-Islamist actions sparked riots throughout Sweden final yr, has expressed his intention to “burn the Koran”, Islam’s holy guide, throughout his protest on Saturday. 

Turkey had on Friday summoned Sweden’s ambassador to “condemn this provocative motion which is clearly a hate crime — in strongest phrases,” a diplomatic supply mentioned.  

That is the second time in additional than per week that Sweden’s ambassador to Turkey was summoned.

Final week, he was referred to as to reply for a video posted by a Kurdish group in Stockholm that depicted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan swinging by his legs from a rope.

Sweden, together with neighbouring Finland, wants Turkey’s consent to hitch NATO. 

Each international locations dropped a long time of army non-alignment final yr after they utilized to hitch the Western defence alliance in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ankara says any progress depends upon Swedish steps to extradite individuals it accuses of terrorism or of getting performed an element within the 2016 coup try towards Erdogan. 

Turkey argues that Sweden has not finished sufficient to crack down on Kurdish teams that Ankara views as “terrorist.” 


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