ANKARA, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned Swedish Ambassador Staffan Herrstrom to protest the “terrorist propaganda” against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The ministry relayed Turkey’s reaction to the anti-Erdogan protests held by supporters of Syria’s Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Sweden’s capital Stockholm on Wednesday, the semi-official Anadolu Agency quoted an anonymous diplomat as saying. sources that say.
The ambassador was informed that Ankara condemned and protested against “this heinous act” and demanded that such acts should not be allowed, the report said.
Ankara emphasized its expectation that Sweden will fulfill its commitments, it added.
A group of protesters hung a doll resembling Erdogan by its feet and shared its video footage on PKK-affiliated social media, according to the agency.
Sweden, together with Finland, applied to join NATO in mid-May last year. But Türkiye, a NATO member, opposed the bids from the two Nordic countries, citing their ties with the PKK and the YPG, which Ankara views as the Syrian branch of the PKK.
On June 28 last year, Turkey, Sweden and Finland reached a memorandum of understanding (MoU) before Ankara lifted its veto ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid.
In the memorandum of understanding, Finland and Sweden pledged to support Turkey’s fight against terrorism, and agreed to quickly and thoroughly address Ankara’s “pending requests for the deportation or extradition of terror suspects.”
The Turkish parliament has yet to ratify the Nordic countries’ NATO bid, citing that they have not met Turkey’s request for the extradition of anti-Turkish “terrorists”, including members of the PKK and YPG.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US and the EU, has been insurgent against the Turkish government for more than three decades.