Hungary pledges support for Türkiye's decision on Sweden's NATO bid

Hungary pledges support for Türkiye's decision on Sweden's NATO bid

If Türkiye changes stance, Hungary will not hold up Sweden's membership, says foreign minister

By Beyza Binnur Donmez

GENEVA (AA) – Hungary's foreign minister on Tuesday said his country will back Türkiye's decision on Sweden's bid to join NATO.

"If there is a shift (in Türkiye's decision), then of course we will keep the promise that Hungary will not hold up any country in terms of membership," Peter Szijjarto told a news conference in Budapest which was broadcast on his Facebook page.

Szijjarto added that he has been in touch with the Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan about the matter.

Sweden, together with Finland, applied for NATO membership soon after Russia launched a war in Ukraine in February 2022.

Although Türkiye approved Finland's membership to NATO, it is waiting for Sweden to abide by a trilateral memorandum signed in June 2022 in Madrid to address Ankara's security concerns on terrorism.

In June, Szijjarto said Türkiye and Hungary have agreed to “reciprocally inform each other” about their steps on Sweden’s accession to NATO.

“I have discussed this issue with my new colleague in Türkiye, (Foreign) Minister (Hakan) Fidan,” the Hungarian foreign minister told Anadolu in an interview in New York.

“We agreed that we will reciprocally inform each other about possible future steps in this regard in both of our countries,” he added.

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