Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the Turkish president's recent submission of a bill approving Sweden's NATO membership bid to parliament does not change the status of Hungary's ratification of the country's accession
Arriving at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York on Tuesday, Minister Szijjártó said he had spoken to his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan, earlier in the day, who had told him that a bill approving Sweden’s NATO membership had been submitted to Turkey’s parliament. “This changes nothing on our side,” Minister Szijjártó said, according to a ministry statement. “Hungary’s parliament is the parliament of a sovereign country, so it will make a sovereign decision on this issue.” “And now that the matter has been submitted to parliament in Turkey as well, the Turkish parliament is practically at the stage the Hungarian parliament has been at for months since the Hungarian government has already submitted the draft resolution needed for the ratification to parliament,” he added. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan submitted a bill on the ratification of Sweden’s NATO accession to Turkey’s parliament on Monday, a move which has been welcomed by Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.