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Turkish president’s intensive diplomatic efforts at NATO summit

Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends 4-way meeting alongside Finnish president, Swedish premier, NATO secretary-general

Zafer Fatih Beyaz   | 30.06.2022
Turkish president’s intensive diplomatic efforts at NATO summit

MADRID

Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held bilateral meetings with the leaders of the US, Germany, France, England, Spain, Netherlands, Austria and EU on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid.

On June 28, Erdogan attended a four-way meeting alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Nordic countries’ bids to join the 30-member military alliance.

Erdogan talked about Türkiye's fight against terrorist groups at the meeting, which lasted about three hours. During the meeting, the leaders of Sweden and Finland committed to taking steps to address Türkiye’s concerns. The parties signed a memorandum following the meeting.

Participating in a photo shoot on the first day of the summit, Erdogan attended a session on Ukraine.

Before the session, Erdogan had a brief talk with US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and the NATO secretary-general.

Later, Erdogan met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the IFEMA Congress Center. He also met with British Prime Minister Johnson and European Council President Charles Michel.

Turkish president’s meeting with US counterpart

On the sidelines of the summit, Erdogan also met with his US counterpart, which lasted nearly one hour.

In the meeting, Erdogan said that steps being taken to strengthen NATO will have a "special contribution" in the context of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

The Turkish president also attended the “Informal Transatlantic Dinner” hosted by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in honor of the heads of state and government and first ladies.

He held a bilateral meeting with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer on the sidelines of the summit.

On the second day, Erdogan met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. After the meeting, he attended a session on terrorism, where a video on Türkiye's fight against terrorism was screened.

After the session, the Turkish president met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Erdogan held his last bilateral meeting with Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis.

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