Turkey cancels Swedish defence minister visit after protest permit

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“At this point, Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson’s visit to Turkey on January 27 has become meaningless. So we canceled the visit,” Akar said.

Swedish Defense Minister Jonson had planned to travel next week to Ankara at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart as the Nordic country hopes to encourage Turkey to ratify its bid to join NATO .

Akar said he discussed the lack of measures for the protests in Sweden against Turkey with President Tayyip Erdogan and conveyed his reaction to his Swedish counterpart on the sidelines of a meeting of the Contact Group of the Defense of Ukraine.

“It is unacceptable not to make a move or react to these (protests). The necessary things had to be done, measures had to be taken,” Akar said according to a statement from the Turkish defense ministry.

On Friday, Turkey called the Swedish ambassador about the authorities’ permission for a protest, in which the Muslim holy book the Koran will be burned, near the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm scheduled to take place on Saturday.

(Reporting by Omer Berberoglu; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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