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Finnish president to visit Trkiye for talks

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto will pay a visit to Trkiye on March 16-17, Trkiye’s Communications Directorate said on Wednesday, according to Anadolu Agency. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with Niinisto in Istanbul on Friday, the directorate said in a statement. The leaders will discuss all aspects of bilateral relations, and steps that can be taken to improve cooperation. They will also exchange views on last year’s NATO Madrid summit, Finland’s NATO membership bid, Trkiye-EU relations, and regional and international issues, according to the statement. Last June, Trkiye, Finland and Sweden signed a memorandum at a NATO summit in Madrid to address Ankara’s legitimate security concerns, paving the way for their eventual membership in the alliance. The memorandum addresses Trkiye’s concerns, including arms exports and the fight against terrorism. Only Hungary and Trkiye have not yet ratified Sweden and Finland’s requests for inclusion in NATO. To approve their NATO membership bids, Ankara demands the two Nordic countries take concrete actions to combat terrorist groups PKK and Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Trkiye. However, Sweden is seen as not doing enough to gain Trkiye’s approval.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency