Sweden has taken "concrete action" to address Turkey's concerns over its NATO membership bid, including stepping up counter-terrorism efforts against Kurdish militants, Stockholm told Ankara in a letter dated Oct. 6 and seen by Reuters.
Sweden's Moderate Party leader, Ulf Kristersson, has been handed a mandate to try and form the country's next government after a recent general election gave the right-wing bloc a majority, the speaker of parliament said on Monday.
Swedes began voting in legislative elections Sunday that will either pave the way for an unprecedented right-wing government supported by the far right or a third straight mandate for the ruling Social Democrats.
A top Iranian human rights official condemned Sweden’s violation of basic human rights with regard to illegally-detained former Iranian official Hamid Nouri as he has been held in solitary confinement for nearly three years and barred from meeting family in person.
NATO's 30 allies signed an accession protocol for Finland and Sweden on Tuesday, allowing them to join the nuclear-armed alliance once parliaments ratify the decision, the most significant expansion of the alliance since the 1990s.
Finland and Sweden should change their laws, if needed, to meet Turkey's demands and win its backing for their bid to join NATO, the Turkish foreign minister said on Tuesday, doubling down on a threat to veto an historic enlargement of the alliance.
Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the NATO alliance on Wednesday, a decision spurred by Russia's military operation in Ukraine, but face objections from Turkey to an accession process that is expected to take only a few weeks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that while his country does not see Finland and Sweden's decision to join NATO as a threat, deployment of military infrastructure there may trigger a response from Moscow.
Iran's Judiciary dismissed on Tuesday the possibility of a prisoner swap that would see a former Iranian government employee on trial in Stockholm released in exchange for a Swedish-Iranian academic on death row for espionage for Israel.