Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country could approve Sweden`s membership in NATO if European nations “open the way” to Turkiye`s bid to join the European Union.

Erdogan, whose country has been holding off its final approval to Sweden`s NATO membership, made the comments in Ankara on Monday before departing to the alliance`s summit meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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Turkiye is a candidate to join the EU, but its membership bid has been stalled due to Ankara`s democratic backsliding and disputes with EU-member Cyprus.

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