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Report: Turkey seeking extradition of 33 suspected terrorists from Sweden, Finland

Meanwhile, the memorandum agreement that cleared the Nordic countries' path to Nato membership, was published on Wednesday.

From left: Pekka Haavisto, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Jens Stoltenberg, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Sauli Niinistö, Magdalena Andersson and Ann Linde. Image: NATO

Turkey will seek the extradition of 33 suspected terrorists from Finland and Sweden, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told the Russian network NTV.

The request is part of the trilateral memorandum reached on Tuesday evening between Turkey, Sweden and Finland that prompted Turkey's approval of the Nordic countries' applications to Nato.

According to news agency AFP, the justice minister said that Turkey was seeking the extradition of suspected Kurdish militants. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blames the group for a failed coup attempt in 2016.

Bozdag told NTV that Ankara was going to ask for the extradition of 12 individuals from Finland and 21 from Sweden, people who are suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) or part of a group led by Fethullah Gülen, according to AFP.

However, according to Finnish law, extraditions cannot be carried out without a trial.

Meanwhile, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said on Wednesday at the Nato summit in Madrid that Finland had not received new extradition requests from Turkey.

Trilateral memorandum published

Finland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs published the trilateral memorandum (siirryt toiseen palveluun) in its entirety on Wednesday.

The document outlines a nine-point agreement which paved the way for Ankara to approve that the Nordic countries' Nato application process could proceed.

Issues in the memorandum included agreement to an "unwavering solidarity and cooperation in the fight against terrorism," as well as pledges by Sweden and Finland to extend support to Turkey against national security threats.

That clause stipulates that the Nordic countries agree to not support Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation (FETÖ). Additionally, according to the agreement, Finland and Sweden confirmed "that the PKK is a proscribed terrorist organisation," while committing to "prevent the activities of these terrorist groups."

The memorandum also stipulates that the three countries would work together to fight terrroism and step up intelligence and law enforcement cooperation as well as efforts on other fronts.

The foreign affairs ministers of all three countries—Turkey's Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Sweden's Ann Linde, and Finland's Pekka Haavisto (Green)—signed the document on Tuesday.

Edited at 15:53 to add comment from President Sauli Niinistö.