The White House announced on Saturday that US President Joe Biden will be meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson next week. They plan to discuss important topics such as transatlantic security cooperation and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
According to a statement from the White House, the two leaders will discuss the increasing security cooperation and express their belief that Sweden should join NATO at the earliest opportunity.
In May 2022, Sweden expressed its interest in becoming a member of NATO, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, its membership request needs to be approved by all 31 member states, and it has faced opposition from Turkey and Hungary, which have blocked its bid.
Western officials were looking forward to officially welcoming Sweden into the bloc during the NATO summit in Lithuania on July 11-12.
Earlier this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Sweden for permitting a protest where an individual burned pages from the Koran. This has raised concerns about Sweden’s prospects of swiftly joining the military alliance.
According to the White House, Biden and Kristersson will be meeting at the White House on Wednesday to talk about their joint dedication to helping Ukraine in response to Russia’s aggressive war.
Additionally, they will discuss the importance of coordinating efforts across the Atlantic on topics such as China, climate change, and emerging technologies.