Officials from the three countries held their first such meeting on Friday in the southern Finnish city of Vantaa.
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said the meeting was aimed at establishing contacts and setting cooperation goals which the countries agreed on by signing a memorandum of understanding at the EU summit. NATO in Madrid in June.
“Participants discussed concrete steps to implement the trilateral memorandum and agreed that the mechanism will continue to meet at expert level during the autumn,” the Finnish Foreign Ministry said in a statement to the. outcome of the meeting.
The two Nordic countries applied for NATO membership in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but faced opposition from Turkey, which accused them of imposing arms embargoes in Ankara and to support groups they consider to be terrorists.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has asked Sweden and Finland to extradite suspects wanted by Turkey on terrorism-related charges, while the Nordic countries have said they have not agreed specific extraditions.
Finland’s foreign ministry had been tight-lipped about Friday’s meeting, declining to give its location or time, but later said it took place in the town of Vantaa near the capital Helsinki.
(Reporting by Anne Kauranen, additional reporting by Terje Solsvik; Editing by Toby Chopra and Hugh Lawson)