Sweden | Erdoğan was made fun of on SVT, Turkey invited the ambassador for an interview

On Friday, the Swedish public broadcasting company SVT presented a program that made fun of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey found it offensive.

Turkey the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited the Swedish ambassador on Wednesday Staffan Herrström for an interview because of a television program presented by the Swedish public broadcasting company SVT. Turkey found it offensive. They tell about it SVT and news agency AFP.

According to SVT, the invitation was based on a satirical current affairs program on Svenska Nyheter that aired on Friday, in which the comedian Kadir Meral made fun of the Turkish president for several minutes About Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In addition, the host of the program Kristoffer Ahonen Appelquist called Erdoğan a “fool”.

According to the Turkish state news agency Anadolu, the Foreign Ministry had told Herrström that “vile and ugly” content about Erdoğan and Turkey is not acceptable.

The situation the background is Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO membership applications, whose progress Turkey has slowed down. At the NATO summit in Madrid in the summer, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding, with which Turkey agreed to the progress of Finland’s and Sweden’s membership after delays. Sweden and Finland, on the other hand, promised, among other things, to intensify the fight against terrorism together with Turkey.

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However, Turkey has still delayed ratifying Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO memberships. Of NATO’s 30 member countries, in addition to Turkey, only Hungary has not ratified new members so far.

Swedish foreign minister Ann Linde commented on Turkey’s reaction to the television program to the Swedish news agency TT. He reminded that Sweden has freedom of expression. He also said that Sweden will make every effort to implement the content of the memorandum of understanding.

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