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NATO has formally invited Sweden and Finland to join the U.S.-led military alliance.

“The accession of Finland and Sweden will make them safer, NATO stronger, and the Euro-Atlantic area more secure. The security of Finland and Sweden is of direct importance to the Alliance, including during the accession process,” the statement said.

 “We welcome the conclusion of the trilateral memorandum between Türkiye, Finland, and Sweden to that effect.”

The statement also reiterated security guarantees given by NATO countries, stating that during the accession process the security of Sweden and Finland would be “of direct importance to the Alliance”.

Earlier today, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that after the invitation, "we need the ratification process in 30 parliaments. That always takes some time, but I expect also that to go rather quickly because Allies are ready to try to make that ratification process happen as quickly as possible."

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