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Koran burning threatens further delays in Sweden’s NATO membership

Koran burning threatens further delays in Sweden's NATO membership

The burning of copies of the Koran again delayed Turkey’s ratification of Sweden’s NATO accession, despite the pledge made at the Vilnius summit in July. However, the Swedish government still hopes to get the approval of the Turkish parliament in the autumn.

“We assume that ratification will start in October,” said the Swedish foreign minister on Thursday. Tobias Billstromwho emphasized that the Vilnius agreement was not “a gesture for the gallery”, but a “confirmation” of the “clear” declaration negotiated in the previous days.

Billström also stressed that at the time he had not spoken to his Turkish colleague about Hakan Fidan, the issue of the burning of the Koran and expressed the hope that the approval process in the Turkish parliament would proceed quickly. “What we know about the process with Finland last spring is that it lasted about thirteen days. We hope something similar will happen here,” he said.

turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoganhad raised doubts again when he urged Sweden on Monday to “take control of the streets of Stockholm” to prevent fresh attacks on the Muslim holy book, events condemned by the Stockholm government.

The truth is that the incidents are not stopping, which forced the Nordic country’s authorities to do so last week Raise the terror alert at risk of being attacked for burning the Koran.

Salwan Momikathe man behind a series of Koran burnings was attacked on Monday, reports Aftonbladet.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that Momika was attacked by a man wearing boxing gloves in the town of Södertälje, south of Stockholm. The incident was filmed and shared on the TikTok app.

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