Turkey summons Swedish ambassador over ‘insulting’ TV show

Swedish-Kurdish comedian Kadir Meral in SVT Nyheter, where he joked about Erdoğan for about ten minutes in Kurdish Kurmanji language.

Turkey summoned Sweden’s ambassador on Wednesday after an ‘insulting’ TV show as relations between the two countries remain strained over Stockholm’s bid for NATO membership, Turkish Minute reported, citing Turkish news agency Anadolu.

“The Turkish Foreign Ministry today summoned the Swedish Ambassador to Ankara, Staffan Herrstrom, following a broadcast by Swedish Television (SVT) which contained insulting statements and images against Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Anadolu news agency said.

Finland and Sweden abandoned their decades-long military non-alignment and applied to join NATO in May, three months after Russia invaded Ukraine.

But Erdoğan threatened to block their candidacies and demanded concessions.

In June, Finland, Sweden and Turkey reached an agreement including provisions on extraditions and intelligence sharing. This paved the way for NATO to formally invite the two nations to join the Western military alliance.

Only Hungary and Turkey have yet to send membership applications to their parliaments for ratification.

All 30 NATO members must ratify each offer before they can become members.

Erdoğan on Saturday renewed his threat to block the application for membership until the two countries “keep up” the promises made to Ankara.

He has repeatedly accused the two countries of being havens for Kurdish militants, particularly the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and of promoting “terrorism”.

A Swedish delegation will travel to Turkey this week for talks after Finnish, Swedish and Turkish officials met in Finland in August.

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