Erdogan Signs NATO Accession Protocol for Sweden, Pushed to Turkish Parliament for Ratification

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has signed Sweden’s NATO accession protocol, marking one step closer for the Nordic country to join the treaty organization as the measure now moves to the Turkish Parliament for ratification.

In a statement, the Swedish Prime Minister’s Office said “Welcome that President Erdo?a signed Sweden’s ratification protocol to NATO and submitted it to the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye. Parliamentary procedures will now commence. We are looking forward to becoming a member of NATO.”

Turkey had remained Sweden’s largest hurdle for joining NATO for months, calling the country a “guesthouses for terrorist organizations” over its support for Kurdish organizations. The process was further delayed by recent Quran burnings in Stockholm, which was condemned across the Muslim and Arab world.