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Nato clinches Turkey deal to include Sweden and Finland in alliance

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (second from left) shakes hands with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (third from left) during the Nato summit in Madrid on June 28, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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LONDON - Leaders of Nato, the US-led military alliance in Europe, have scored a major political success after Turkey - a longstanding Nato member - dropped its veto on the inclusion of Sweden and Finland into the organisation.

"I strongly welcome the constructive approach all three countries have shown during the negotiations," said Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg.

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