NATO Secretary General welcomes Albania and Croatia as NATO members

  • Press Release (2009) 046
  • Issued on 01 Apr. 2009
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  • Last updated: 01 Apr. 2009 17:37

Today, Albania and Croatia have completed the accession process, and have joined the Alliance as members. I warmly congratulate them on this historic achievement. In becoming NATO members, Albania and Croatia share the benefits and responsibilities of collective security.

Left to right: Lulzim Basha  (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Albania); NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer; Gordan Jandrokovic (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Croatia)

We are looking forward to welcoming the Heads of State and Government of Albania and Croatia as full members of NATO at our Summit later this week.

A flag-raising ceremony marking the accession of Albania and Croatia will be held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on April 7th.