NewsSweden on verge of clinching 32nd seat in NATO after unanimous parliamentary decision

Sweden on verge of clinching 32nd seat in NATO after unanimous parliamentary decision

Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson during a press conference in Stockholm.
Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson during a press conference in Stockholm.
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3:44 PM EST, February 26, 2024

This momentous day shifts the balance of power as all NATO member states' parliaments have unanimously decided to integrate Sweden into their alliance. Ulf Kristersson, Swedish Prime Minister, expressed his appreciation for this decision through a message relayed Monday via the X service. "We stand ready to assume our portion of the responsibility for the security of the North Atlantic Alliance," wrote Kristersson.

Hungary cast the last vote

On Monday, the Hungarian parliament was the last to vote in favor of inducting Sweden into NATO. Following this crucial endorsement and after the documenting process receives its final signature from the Hungarian Head of State, Sweden will be officially admitted into NATO.

"The decision reinforces defense"

Former Premier of Sweden and social democrat Magdalena Andersson emphasized the significance of this decision for Sweden. She was responsible for initiating the process of applying for Sweden's NATO membership back in May 2022. Andersson asserted, "Today's decision by the Hungarian parliament strengthens Sweden's defense."

Johan Pehrson, Minister of Labor and Integration, expressed his views. Pehrson represents the Liberal Party, lobbying for Sweden's NATO adherence since 1999. He noted, "Politics is like a marathon." He is optimistic about Sweden’s impending NATO membership, adding, "And now, let's hope we'll soon reach the finish line."

Sources: PAP, X

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