Turkey is renewing extradition requests with Sweden and Finland under the NATO membership agreement

[]July 7 (ANI / Xinhua): On Wednesday, Turkey renewed its extradition requests for “terror suspects” with and , following an agreement with the on their application.

“Today, we have renewed some requests that were previously rejected and reminded them of some requests that were not answered,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said in a television interview on Haber Global Broadcaster.

Bozdag said the two countries had not previously responded to any of Turkey’s extradition requests for “terror suspects” even though they were in line with both international and bilateral agreements.

“Within the framework of the agreement signed between Turkey, Sweden and Finland at the last NATO summit, a monitoring committee was set up,” he said.

Their accession to NATO was initially blocked by Turkey, which accused the Nordic countries of “supporting” anti-Turkey terrorist groups when they rejected Turkey’s extradition requests for suspects affiliated with the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Gulen movement.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the , has been rebelling against the Turkish for more than three decades.

The Gulen movement is led by and named after the US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is considered by his followers to be a spiritual leader. The Turkish government accused the movement of being behind the failed coup in 2016 in which at least 250 people were killed.

On June 28, Turkey, Sweden and Finland agreed on a memorandum of understanding before Ankara lifted its veto ahead of the NATO summit in .

In the memorandum, Finland and Sweden promised to support Turkey’s fight against terrorism and agreed to address Turkey’s “pending expulsion or extradition requests of terror suspects urgently and thoroughly”. (ANI / Xinhua)

Source: sn.dk

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