Biden plans to reaffirm commitment to helping Sweden join NATO

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Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, June 30, 2023. European Union leaders on Friday resumed migration talks for a second day as Poland and Hungary continued to block progress after they were outvoted earlier this month on a plan to share out refugees arriving in Europe among the 27 member countries. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

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By Seth McLaughlin The Washington Times Saturday, July 1, 2023

President Biden plans to reaffirm his belief this week that Sweden should be part of NATO.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Mr. Biden and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson will meet at The White House Wednesday to discuss their “growing security cooperation” and their shared view Sweden should be part of the military alliance “as soon as possible.”

Turkey has raised objections to Sweden joining NATO.



NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg recently said he has called a meeting of senior officials from Turkey, Sweden, and Finland for July 6 to try to overcome Turkish objections to Sweden entering NATO.

Mr. Stoltenberg hopes to overcome the hurdle before a major summit the following week. Sweden’s membership would be a highly symbolic moment and another indication of how Russia’s war in Ukraine is driving countries to join the Western alliance.

NATO requires the unanimous approval of all members to expand.

— This story is based in part on wire reports.

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