Sweden to apply to join NATO: PM

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Sweden to apply to join NATO: PM

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on Monday announced the official decision to start the process of the country's application to become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), reported Xinhua.

"It is clear that there is a broad majority in Sweden's parliament for Sweden to join NATO," Andersson said during a press conference.

"We leave one era and go into another. We will inform NATO that we want to become a member of the alliance," she said.

According to Andersson, Sweden's NATO ambassador in Brussels will submit the country's NATO application within the next few days. The application will be submitted together with Finland.

The government has also decided on a bill that will make it possible for Sweden to receive military support from all European Union (EU) and NATO countries, she added.

On Sunday, Sweden's ruling Social Democratic Party (SAP) granted support for the country's NATO membership application, marking a fundamental change in the party's position as a staunch opponent of military alignment.

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