Turkey summons Swedish ambassador over “offensive” photos of Erdogan

Turkey has summoned the Swedish ambassador to Ankara to protest “offensive” photos of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Kurdish “propaganda” – with Erdogan’s face – was allegedly projected onto the Turkish embassy constructing in Stockholm.

The protest was reportedly staged by supporters of the Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration (PKK), which Turkey and the European Union each take into account a terrorist group.

The Turkish Overseas Ministry condemned the photographs and known as for an investigation, in response to state-run Anadolu Company.

Swedish Ambassador Staffan Herrstrom was additionally summoned to the ministry on Monday, the company added.

The incident comes at a delicate time in bilateral relations, as Sweden and Finland are looking for Turkey’s approval for his or her bid to affix NATO.

The 2 Nordic nations this 12 months they deserted their longstanding insurance policies of navy non-alignment after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

However NATO member Turkey has not but authorized their accession, which requires the unanimous approval of members of the present alliance.

Ankara has repeatedly known as on Sweden to take “concrete steps” towards teams that Turkey considers safety threats.

Erdogan’s authorities is pressuring the 2 nations to crack down on supporters of the outlawed PKK, in addition to these suspected of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup in Turkey.

Earlier this month, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson visited Turkey and pledged to work to counter “terrorism” threats to Turkey.

The ambassador’s summons additionally arrives Turkey threatens to launch a floor offensive towards Kurdish militants in Syria.

Not less than two individuals have been killed on Monday in alleged assaults within the Turkish border city of Karkamis.