On Thursday, Croatia officially marked the nine-year anniversary since joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Under the auspices of Parliamentary Speaker Gordan Jandroković, the ceremony held in parliament on April 12th. Defence Minister Damir Krstičević, and Foreign and European Affairs Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić, were joined by General Mirko Šundov, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces.
The defence minister said Croatia had attained a strategic goal of vital importance by joining NATO. He said it gave Croatia the opportunity to discuss global security issues with allies on an equal footing.
“Croatia became a member of the strongest military and political alliance in history. This alliance is based on our fundamentally shared values,” said the minister. “We have increased our standing on the global stage on the military, political, economic, and geopolitical level.”
Also in attendance was Thomas H. Killion, NATO’s chief scientist and head of the Science and Technology Organization. Mr Killion used the opportunity to underline the importance of the military in advancing science and technology and urged Croatia to invest in STEM.
“As a NATO member, Croatia is aware of its responsibility towards the stability of international projects and as such participated in peacekeeping missions around the world for many years. Due to our experience, professionalism, and responsibility in completing our NATO missions, the Croatian military has earned great respect and admiration,” said Miroslav Tuđman, Croatia’s parliamentary representative at NATO.
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