May 21 (Reuters) – Finnish President Sauli Niinisto mentioned on
Saturday he had held “open and direct” talks with Turkey’s
President Tayyip Erdogan to debate Finland’s bid for NATO
Erdogan has publicly questioned whether or not Finland and Sweden
needs to be allowed to affix the navy alliance.
“I acknowledged that as NATO allies Finland and Turkey will commit
to one another’s safety and our relationship will thus develop
stronger,” Niinisto tweeted after the decision.
“Finland condemns terrorism in all its varieties and
manifestations. Close dialogue continues.”
(Reporting by Essi Lehto, modifying by Terje Solsvik)