Sweden’s top diplomat: We’ll fulfil deal with Turkey on NATO
The country’s foreign minister said Sunday the deal with Turkey to join NATO will be followed through in full.
At least that is the message from Sweden’s foreign minister.
Jens Stoltenberg made the remarks in an interview on Swedish radio station SR on Sunday morning.
In response to a question on the state of his country’s relations with Washington, the minister said Washington was “a partner”.
“But we are also a partner in what we have to achieve in order to achieve the values that we want to defend and live by,” he added.
Earlier this week, Sweden’s defence minister, Peter Hultqvist, told local media that he has spoken with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to assure him that the country’s NATO membership will be completed.
Sweden may also be in the running for a permanent U.S. presence in the country, with some experts saying it is Sweden’s “best chance” to win one.
Sweden currently hosts a large American military base, known as Förenta styrkes säkerhet, or Försvarsmakten, and the Swedish foreign minister said that the base was due to be closed by 2018.
But the base, said to be one of Stockholm’s most prominent landmarks, will not close until 2019, meaning the U.S. will have to find another home. The fate of the site is currently being negotiated between the two countries.
“I think that it is also in our interests to have a permanent presence in Sweden,” he said.
The Swedish foreign minister also welcomed the U.S. decision to sell five Patriot missile defence batteries to Saudi Arabia.
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