IP - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday the European Union should open the way for Ankara's accession to the bloc before Türkiye's parliament approves Sweden's bid to join the NATO military alliance.

Iran PressEurope: Türkiye's bid to join the EU has been frozen for years after membership talks were launched in 2005 under Erdogan's first term as prime minister.

The ties between Ankara and members of the bloc soured several years ago, especially after a 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey, but have since improved.

In a change of tack that Reuters described as a surprise, Erdogan linked Ankara's approval of Sweden's NATO bid to Türkiye finally joining the EU.

"I am calling from here on these countries that are making Türkiye wait at the door of the European Union for more than 50 years," Erdogan said, speaking ahead of his departure for the NATO summit in Vilnius.

"First, come and open the way for Türkiye at the European Union, and then we will open the way for Sweden, just as we did for Finland," he said, repeating his call during the summit.


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