The Turkish foreign minister congratulated his Finnish counterpart on Helsinki’s NATO membership on Tuesday.
“In Brussels, I congratulated our new ally Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto on their entrance to NATO,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a tweet, sharing images of their first encounter.
Finland will officially become a member later today, and its flag will be flown at NATO headquarters as part of a two-day summit of NATO foreign affairs ministers.
The Turkish parliament enacted legislation last week ratifying Finland’s NATO membership, the final step required for the country to join the alliance.
NATO states must approve new members, including Turkey, which has been a member for more than 70 years.