Turkey cancels visit of Swedish defense minister    ANSA news agency

Turkey cancels visit of Swedish defense minister ANSA news agency

(ANSA) – ISTANBUL, JAN 21 – Turkey has canceled the visit of the Swedish Defense Minister amid an anti-Turkish protest in Stockholm. “By this time, Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson’s visit to Turkey on January 27 lost its meaning and importance, so we canceled the visit,” said Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. The Swedish minister’s visit was aimed at overcoming Ankara’s objections to Sweden’s application for NATO membership. Turkey is upset at allowing a far-right extremist to demonstrate outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm today.

The purpose of the visit was to try to overcome Ankara’s objections to Sweden joining NATO. The permission granted to the Swedish-Danish right-wing extremist Rasmus Paludan to demonstrate in front of the Turkish embassy in the Swedish capital on Saturday caused outrage in Ankara. Paludan has expressed his intention to “burn the Koran” in front of the legation. A pro-Kurdish demonstration is also planned for today in Sweden. (HAND).

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