Erdogan says signals from U.S., Canada could help Türkiye move on Sweden NATO bid

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President

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# 19 December 2023 15:36 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted on Tuesday as saying that positive developments on the U.S. sale of F-16 fighter jets to Ankara, and on Canada's arms embargo, would help Türkiye's parliament move toward ratifying Sweden's NATO membership bid, APA reports citing Reuters.

"Positive developments we expect both on (procuring U.S.) F-16s and Canada's promises (on lifting its arms embargo) would help our parliament to have a positive approach on Sweden... All of them are linked," Erdogan told reporters on a flight returning from Hungary, broadcaster Haberturk and others said.

NATO members Türkiye and Hungary have not ratified the membership bid Sweden made last year.