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Çavuşoğlu: No ‘concrete’ measures by Sweden to address security concerns

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says that Sweden remains the “centre of attraction” for Fetullah Terrorist Organisation and Stockholm is yet to take steps on the extradition of terrorist-related criminals and freezing terrorist assets.

Sweden has not taken any concrete steps to address Türkiye’s security concerns, the Turkish foreign minister said.

“There is no concrete development regarding the extradition of terrorist-related criminals and the freezing of terrorist assets,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with his Swedish counterpart Tobias Billstrom in the capital Ankara on Thursday.

Cavusoglu said Sweden remains a “centre of attraction” for the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 failed coup in Türkiye.

“We welcome the extradition of a person who is not on our list. This week, the request for the extradition of a FETO member to our country was rejected by the Swedish Supreme Court, which is a very negative development,” the minister said.

PKK and FETO terrorist groups are not only a threat to Türkiye but to other countries as well, he added.

Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO in May, abandoning decades of military non-alignment, a decision spurred by Russia’s war against Ukraine.

But Türkiye – a NATO member for more than 70 years – voiced objections, accusing the two countries of tolerating and supporting terrorist groups.

This June, Türkiye and the two Nordic countries signed a memorandum at a NATO summit to address Ankara’s legitimate security concerns, paving the way for their eventual membership in the alliance.

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