Argentina takes first step toward NATO partnership

  • 18 Apr. 2024 -
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  • Last updated: 18 Apr. 2024 17:58

Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană met Argentine Defence Minister Luis Petri at NATO Headquarters on Thursday (18 April 2024) for talks on working toward a partnership between the Alliance and Argentina.

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană meets with Luis Petri, Minister of Defence of Argentina

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Defence Minister Petri to NATO Headquarters,” said Mr Geoană. “Argentina plays an important role in Latin America, and I welcome today’s request to explore becoming a NATO partner. NATO works with a range of countries around the world to promote peace and stability. Closer political and practical cooperation could benefit us both.” 

The two leaders exchanged views on European and Latin American security challenges. The Deputy Secretary General welcomed Argentina’s role in supporting Ukraine with lifesaving humanitarian assistance, including food, medicine, and support for refugees. 

NATO’s political dialogue with Argentina began in the early 1990s. Buenos Aires later contributed to NATO’s peace support operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in Kosovo. Colombia is currently NATO’s only partner country in Latin America. Any decision on a formal partnership would require consensus by all 32 Allies.