Finland Today publishes President Sauli Niinistö’s statement in full after he met with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, together with the Swedish prime minister, Magdalena Andersson.

President Sauli Niinistö in a press conference where he declared to support Finland’s application for NATO membership on May 16, 2022. Photograph: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY

Turkey supports Finland’s and Sweden’s applications for NATO membership, President Sauli Niinistö noted in an official statement published on Tuesday evening after negotiations with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

After the talks, the Turkish president’s office noted that Turkey “got what it wanted” from the talks with the two Nordic countries.

Finland Today publishes the Finnish president’s statement in full:

“Today in Madrid, before the beginning of the NATO Summit, we had a thorough meeting with President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson, facilitated by Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg.

As a result of that meeting, our foreign ministers signed a trilateral memorandum which confirms that Türkiye will at the Madrid Summit this week support the invitation of Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO. The concrete steps of our accession to NATO will be agreed by the NATO Allies during the next two days, but that decision is now imminent.

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Our joint memorandum underscores the commitment of Finland, Sweden and Türkiye to extend their full support against threats to each other’s security. Us becoming NATO Allies will further strengthen this commitment.

Over the past weeks, Türkiye has raised its concerns over the threat of terrorism. Finland has constantly taken these concerns seriously. Finland condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. As a NATO member, Finland will commit fully to the counterterrorism documents and policies of NATO.

As we enhance our cooperation on counterterrorism, arms exports and extraditions, Finland naturally continues to operate according to its national legislation.

I am delighted to conclude this stage on Finland’s road to NATO membership. I now look forward to fruitful conversations on Finland’s role in NATO with our future Allies here in Madrid.”