Sweden has fulfilled its obligations" to Turkey, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday after two hours of talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul. Turkey has been blocking Sweden's entry into the Atlantic Alliance for thirteen months, reproaching it for its leniency towards the Kurdish militants it hosts on its soil.
It is time for it to happen before the Vilnius summit" on July 11 and 12, when the 31 NATO heads of state will meet, said Mr. Stoltenberg who announced the creation of a "permanent mechanism" between NATO and Turkey, and a next meeting "on June 12" - without specifying where it will be held.
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The NATO boss who attended Saturday in Ankara the inauguration ceremony of President Erdogan, re-elected on May 28 for five years at the head of the country, also "thanked Turkey" which has deployed reinforcements in Kosovo, plagued by violent riots. Turkey participates in Kfor, the multinational force led by the Atlantic Alliance in Ksoovo