Turkey’s Erdogan signals opposition to Sweden joining NATO

23 January, 08:35 PM
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Photo:Murat Cetinmuhurdar/PPO/Handout via REUTERS)

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Photo:Murat Cetinmuhurdar/PPO/Handout via REUTERS)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sweden shouldn’t expect Turkey to support its NATO accession, following protesters in Stockholm publicly burning a Quran, Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu reported on Jan. 23.

“Those who caused such a disgrace in front of our embassy should not expect any benevolence from us regarding their NATO membership applications,” Erdogan said.

“If you do not show respect to the religious beliefs of the Republic of Turkey or Muslims, you will not receive any support for NATO from us.”

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The president added that the protesters in Sweden have insulted everyone who “respects human rights and liberties, including those of Muslims.”

On Jan. 21, anti-Turkish protests took place in Stockholm, with some participants publicly burning a copy of Quran. Along with Hungary, Turkey has been holding up Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession for over six months, citing Stockholm’s support of Kurdish civic organizations.

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