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Sweden aims to join NATO by early July: defense minister

Pal Jonson hopeful for Turkey support, plans trilateral meeting including Finland

Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson speaks during a press conference on June 6 in Tokyo. (Photo by Yuki Kohara) 

TOKYO -- Sweden hopes to reach an agreement with Turkey to join NATO by early July, Minister of Defense Pal Jonson said on Tuesday.

"We hope we can become a full-fledged member of NATO by its Vilnius summit [on July 11 and 12]," Jonson told Nikkei Asia in an exclusive interview during his visit to Japan after attending the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, an annual forum that brings together top defense officials, diplomats and leaders.

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