Turkey to hold first trilateral meeting with Sweden, Finland

The Permanent Joint Mechanism, formed following the signing of a memorandum by Turkey, Finland and Sweden, will meet in Finland on August 26 for the first time, Daily Sabah reported.

Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın will lead the Turkish delegation, accompanied by Ambassador Sedat Önal and representatives from the Justice, Foreign, Interior and National Defence Ministries.

Turkey agreed to support Sweden and Finland’s bid to join NATO in return for increased cooperation, particularly regarding security and counter-terrorism efforts, with the trilateral memorandum signed on June 28.

Ankara demands the extradition of several dozen Swedish residents, most of whom have completed asylum procedures years ago. Another demand is that the two countries issue harsher laws against terrorism and increase pressure on groups the Turkish government considers to be terrorist organisations, and that there be no arms embargo against Turkey.

The Permanent Joint Mechanism was established to oversee the implementation of memorandum measures. It includes experts from Foreign, Interior and Justice Ministries as well as intelligence and security bodies from all three countries.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had announced the meeting last week, after which Sweden announced it would extradite one Turkish citizen wanted for fraud, marking the first accepted case.

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