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Turkish, Finnish and Swedish officials meet to discuss Turkish concerns

HELSINKI, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Turkish, Finnish and Swedish officials were due to meet at an undisclosed location in Finland on Friday to discuss security concerns raised by Turkey as a precondition for the two Nordic countries joining the EU. NATO military alliance.

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said earlier that the first meeting between the officials would aim to establish contacts and set cooperation goals which the three countries agreed on by signing a memorandum of understanding. agreement at the NATO summit in Madrid at the end of June.

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.

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Finland’s foreign ministry has been tight-lipped about Friday’s meeting, refusing to reveal its location or even when.

“It’s a question of security. If we said where the senior Turkish officials are at what time, it would give a rather negligent image of us,” Haavisto’s Secretary of State, Jukka Salovaara, told the channel. Finnish public television YLE.

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Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Toby Chopra

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