Slovenia thanked for commitment to NATO as it marks 10th anniversary of entry

  • 24 Jan. 2014 -
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  • Last updated: 24 Jan. 2014 14:50

NATO Secretary General commended Slovenia for its strong commitment to the Alliance and contributions to NATO missions and operations over the past ten years during talks with Slovenian leaders on Friday (24 January 2014). “This year we mark the tenth anniversary of Slovenia’s accession to NATO. Your accession, together with six other nations, has reinforced regional and Euro-Atlantic security,” the Secretary General said after his talks with Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek.

Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and President Borut Pahor

During his visit to Ljubljana, Mr. Fogh Rasmussen  discussed preparations for the Wales Summit in September, and reviewed NATO’s operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo. He also met with President Borut Pahor and Janko Veber, President of the National Assembly.

The Secretary General said he looked forward to Slovenia’s strong engagement as the Alliance prepares for the next NATO Summit. “At the Wales summit we will build on past achievements to face the challenges of the future,” he said. “I know the economic hardship which many Allies have suffered, including Slovenia, and I am grateful for your continued support to our operations despite the tough times,” he said. “Security has a cost, but the price of insecurity is much higher.”

Speaking at a roundtable dedicated to the tenth anniversary of Slovenia’s membership of NATO, called “Slovenia and NATO –Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” the Secretary General stressed that “alongside the enlargement of the European Union, NATO’s open door policy has been a real success story. For Slovenia. And for the Alliance.” He stressed that “as a member of the Alliance, you are part of a unique transatlantic family. You have a right full place at the table where Europeans and North Americans consult together. Decide together. And act together. Every day.” Adding that “NATO as a whole has benefited from your membership. Slovenia has shown a strong commitment to the defining principles and values of our Alliance,” Mr Fogh Rasmussen described Slovenia as a “permanent reminder of the success of our Open Door policy”.