Blinken says he talked to Turkey's foreign minister, is confident on consensus on Sweden, Finland

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BERLIN, May 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he had spoken to his Turkish counterpart on Ankara's concerns regarding Sweden and Finland's entry into NATO and that after Sunday's meeting of foreign ministers he was confident a consensus could be reached.

"I don't want to characterise the specific conversation that we had either with the foreign minister or within the NATO sessions themselves, but I can say this much: I heard almost across the board, very strong support (for Sweden, Finland) joining the alliance," he told reporters after a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Berlin.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a news conference on the day of the Informal Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Germany, May 15, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

"If that's what they choose to do, I'm very confident that we will reach consensus on that."

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Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, John Irish and Riham AlKoussaa

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