Swedish PM to meet Hungary’s Orban before vote on Sweden’s NATO bid

Ulf Kristersson, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden and Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary

© APA | Ulf Kristersson, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden and Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary

# 20 February 2024 19:57 (UTC +04:00)

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson will visit Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Friday, three days ahead of the Hungarian parliament's expected vote on approving Sweden for membership in NATO, APA reports citing Voice of America.

Orban said on Tuesday that it would be a "pleasure" to welcome Kristersson to Budapest, saying in a post on the X platform that they will be discussing how to strengthen "the defense and security policy cooperation between Hungary and Sweden."

He added that during the meeting, they would also talk about "plans for the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the EU's Strategic Agenda."

Hungary’s ruling party Tuesday proposed holding the February 26 vote on the ratification of Sweden’s NATO bid and said it would support Sweden’s accession. Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson said the development is “very welcome.”

Sweden, along with Finland, applied to join the Atlantic alliance in May 2022 in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Finland became a NATO member in April of last year.

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