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Finland to send delegation to Turkey for Nato membership talks

According to Turkish media reports, the meeting will focus primarily on extradition requests Finland has received from Turkey.

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So far, 28 out of 30 Nato member states have ratified the membership of both Finland and Sweden. Image: Eetu-Mikko Pietarinen / Yle
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Finland is preparing to send a delegation to Turkey on 25 October for talks relating to the Nordic nation's Nato membership accession.

Turkish state-run news outlet Anadolu Agency reported on Saturday that Finland will be represented at the meeting by officials from the Ministry of Justice, suggesting the talks will focus on Turkish concerns over the extradition of suspected Kurdish separatists.

Yle understands that the Turkish delegation will be led by Kasım Çiçek, head of Foreign Relations at the Turkish Ministry of Justice.

Turkey asked Finland last month to re-examine six extradition requests that had already been rejected during the summer, but Finnish authorities said they had no intention of reopening the files as the decisions were considered to be final.

Turkey has not yet approved the membership applications submitted by Finland and Sweden in June because, in its opinion, the two Nordic countries "protect terrorists".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told local media on Friday that newly-installed Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson will visit Turkey to discuss Sweden's Nato bid.

The first meeting of the Turkey-Finland-Sweden joint mechanism established under the tripartite memorandum was held on 26 August in Vantaa.

So far, 28 out of 30 Nato member states have ratified the membership of both Finland and Sweden, with only Hungary and Turkey yet to do so.

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