Turkish President Erdogan tells Sweden: Don't expect support for Nato bid

Those who allow such disgraceful acts in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm can't expect good news from us on NATO membership: Erdogan

IANS Ankara
Photo: Bloomberg

Photo: Bloomberg

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Sweden that it should not expect Turkey's backing to join the NATO following the burning of the Quran outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm.

"Those who allow such disgraceful acts in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm can't expect good news from us on NATO membership," Erdogan said on Monday at a press conference after the cabinet meeting.

No individual has the freedom to insult the faith of Muslims or other religions, he was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying.

Saturday's burning of a copy of the Quran by Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish far-right political party Hard Line, came at a time when Sweden, along with Finland, was seeking Turkey's backing to join NATO.

The bid has been blocked by the Turkish government, which accuses Sweden and Finland of supporting anti-Turkey groups.

The Nordic states have pledged to support Turkey's fight against terrorism and agreed to address Ankara's pending deportation or extradition requests for "terror" suspects. But the Turkish parliament has not ratified their membership yet.

Also Read

Turkey mediates Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap involving 200, says Erdogan

Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan warns Greece over 'harassment' of Turkish jets

Russia's Putin, Turkey's Erdogan discuss bilateral ties, Ukraine over phone

Turkish President Erdogan asks Putin to resolve Ukraine crisis via talks

Erdogan doesn't rule out meeting with Syrian counterpart Bashar al- Assad

Exchange of messages on revival of 2015 nuclear deal continues: Iran

Won't block Leopard tanks to Ukraine, says Germany's foreign minister

Pak suffers nationwide power outage after grid failure: Power ministry

Washington county mistakenly releases nearly half million partial SSNs

Canada cybersecurity chief warns data-harvesting apps as national security



(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Jan 24 2023 | 7:37 AM IST

Explore News