Sweden moves a step closer to NATO membership after Turkey’s parliamentary committee gives approval

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, shakes hands with Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, right, July 10, 2023 as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg looks on prior to a meeting ahead of a NATO summit July 10, 2023, in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP/File)

ANKARA, Turkey — The Turkish parliament’s foreign affairs committee gave its consent to Sweden’s bid to join NATO on Tuesday, drawing the previously nonaligned Nordic country closer to membership in the Western military alliance.