Finland, Sweden and Turkey will soon meet for NATO bid (FM Çavuşoğlu)
Finland and Sweden have yet to meet their commitments arising from the trilateral agreement for their NATO candidacy, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on August 11, adding that the mechanism with the Nordic countries would hold its first meeting on August 26.
He described the Swedish and Finnish authorities as “well-meaning”, but stressed the need for strong measures.
“We see that they have not yet fulfilled their commitments. There are statements, but we emphasize that we still want to see concrete measures,” the minister said during the ambassadors’ conference.
“We want to know why the necessary measures are not being taken. There is no time pressure for us. Of course we have [time pressure] for the issue of terrorism,” he said.
The trilateral mechanism that has been set up to assess progress under a memorandum signed at the NATO summit in Madrid in June with Finland and Sweden will hold its first meeting on August 26, it said. -he adds.
Turkey offered to hold the mechanism’s first meeting in July, but the Nordic countries responded by holding the meeting in August, Çavuşoğlu said.
Responding to a question whether a timetable is being developed with Russia regarding possible military operations against the YPG group in Syria, Çavuşoğlu said: “We are not creating a timetable with other countries for operations . Of course, we always inform those who are not there to avoid accidents, from the start of the operation. After all, our goal is to clean up the terrorists.
When asked if Turkish officials had any contact with the Syrian authorities other than the dialogue between intelligence agencies, the senior Turkish diplomat said: “There is currently no such contact. Our president has already answered this question. After all, for a long time already, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and Russian officials are saying, ‘Let’s get in touch with the regime’… They wanted Assad and our president to meet. Our president said meeting with the intelligence services would be beneficial.
Çavuşoğlu said there had been previous meetings between the intelligence services, but then there was a hiatus. “Now it’s started again. After all, many important issues are raised when these intelligence services meet. [agencies],” he said.
Çavuşoğlu said he had a brief conversation with Faisal Mekdad, the Syrian regime’s foreign minister, during the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in October in Serbia’s capital Belgrade.
“Terrorists must be exonerated. Whoever they are, whatever their names. But on the other hand, we also said that there should be peace between the Syrian opposition and the regime and that we as Türkiye can support that in such a situation,” he said. declared.
There must be a strong administration in Syria to prevent any division of the country, he said, adding, “The will that can dominate every corner of its lands can only be achieved through unity and solidarity.”
He stressed the need to take steps to rebuild war-torn Syria since 2011.