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U.S. President, Joe Biden on Thursday, met with the leaders of Sweden and Finland to advance their applications to join the NATO military alliance, as Turkey repeated its opposition to the move.

Biden, who has lauded the cooperation between Europe and the United States in standing up to Moscow during a Russian invasion of Ukraine, stood with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in a sunny White House Rose Garden bedecked with flags.

He cheered the momentous day, giving his strong support for the two great democracies to join the strongest most powerful defensive alliance in the history of the world.

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Turkey has expressed strong opposition to including Finland and Sweden in the alliance, asking Sweden to halt support for Kurdish militants it considers to be part of a terrorist group and both to lift their bans on some sales of arms to Turkey.

U.S. National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, told reporters on Wednesday that U.S. officials were confident that Turkey’s concerns can be addressed.


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