Turkiye’s security concerns should be met, the country’s foreign minister said Wednesday on Sweden and Finland’s NATO applications.

Speaking to reporters ahead of his bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkiye has been in support of NATO’s open-door policy for new members, adding: “We understand their security concerns, but Turkiye’s security concerns should also be met.”

“We have also legitimate security concerns that they have been supporting terrorist organizations,” said Cavusoglu, adding that another issue was export restrictions on Turkish defense products.

“We already expressed our concerns and I had a candid and direct talk with two colleagues,” he said.

Turkiye, a longstanding NATO member, has voiced objections to Finland and Sweden’s membership bids, criticizing the two Nordic countries for tolerating and even supporting terror groups like the YPG/PKK.

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