Embassy’s statement on Croatia’s 10th NATO anniversary

Statement from the United States Embassy on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Croatia’s accession to NATO

Ten years ago today, the Republic of Croatia joined the NATO Alliance. Since that time, Croatia has unwaveringly undertaken the commitments and obligations of membership on multiple fronts. Our soldiers have served shoulder to shoulder in places like Afghanistan, Poland and Kosovo. Croatia’s contributions to international security are not limited to NATO. For example, Croatia recently made a significant troop contribution to the UN Peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. We will continue to partner together in NATO Missions such as Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltics and Resolute Support in Afghanistan and we commend the Croatian government for our excellent military cooperation. NATO is strong today because of common values Croatia, the United States and its other members share.

Croatia has emerged from its own difficult history in the 1990s to become a real contributor to regional stability and international security. Croatia’s commitment to the Alliance over the last ten years has significantly expanded peace and prosperity throughout the region, Europe and the world. We are pleased to celebrate this important milestone in Croatia’s and NATO’s history.