President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed Sweden’s NATO accession protocol and sent it to the parliament for ratification, according to the Communications Directorate.
“The Protocol on Sweden’s NATO Accession was signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 23, 2023, and referred to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey,” the Communications Directorate said on social media platform X.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the development.
“I welcome President Erdogan’s signing of Sweden’s accession protocol and its submission to the Assembly,” Stoltenberg said.
“I look forward to a swift approval vote and welcoming Sweden as a full NATO Ally very soon. As I mentioned in my recent meeting with President Erdogan over the weekend, this development will make the entire Alliance stronger and more secure,” he added.