Andersson: “Sweden does not provide funding or arms to terrorist organizations”

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Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson stated on Wednesday that Sweden does not provide funding or arms to terrorist organizations such as the Kurdish PKK.

She was responding to Turkish claims and opposition to Sweden’s bid to join NATO.

Andersson: "Sweden does not provide funding or arms to terrorist organizations"
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Her comments come at a time were as part of the ongoing diplomatic efforts in Turkey to persuade Ankara to abandon its opposition to Sweden’s and Finland’s historic NATO membership aspirations, a delegation from each country visited Ankara on Wednesday.

NATO Crisis: Finland and Sweden send delegations to Turkey
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According to Andersson, these discussions will provide an opportunity to clear up what she referred to as “confusion” regarding Swedish support for various Kurdish groups.

At a press conference in Stockholm, Andersson stated, “Of course we are not sending money to terrorist organizations, nor are we sending any weapons.”

Turkey has made it clear that it does not support Sweden and Finland becoming members of the military alliance. As the reason for its opposition, Turkey cites its concerns regarding what it perceives to be support on the part of Sweden and Finland for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and other Kurdish organizations.

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