The move leaves Hungary as the last holdout yet to approve Stockholm’s application to join the US-led military bloc
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has formally ratified Sweden’s bid to join the NATO military bloc, finalizing the decision after months of political wrangling over the Nordic state’s stance toward Kurdish militant groups deemed terrorists by Ankara.
In a presidential decree published on Thursday, Erdogan signed off on an earlier decision by the Turkish parliament to approve Sweden’s bid, some 20 months after the country’s initial application. The final accession document will now be sent off to Washington for review, as is required under the bloc’s regulations.
Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson hailed the decision in a social media post, saying it marked a “key milestone” for “Sweden’s path towards NATO membership.” In his own post, Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom noted that “only Hungary’s ratification remains before Sweden can become a member of NATO.”