NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg conveyed to President Klaus Iohannis a message on the occasion of celebrating 15 years since Romania’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance.
“This year, we mark 15 years since Romania joined NATO, the most powerful Alliance in history. The enlargement of NATO was a great success, a catalyst for stability and prosperity. It enriched our Alliance with new voices, new experiences and new capabilities. Romania, like all NATO allies, benefits from the most important NATO commitment: we protect and defend each other from any threat coming from any direction. All for one and one for all! Romania is a strong and committed ally. You contribute to our common security and collective defence, to the Alliance’s missions and operations”, Stoltenberg said in the message he conveyed to the Romanian head of state.
The NATO official underscored Romania’s contributions to the theaters of war.
“In Afghanistan, I met some of the Romanian professional servicemen, who help stabilise the country and prevent the creation of refuges for international terrorists. In Kosovo, you help maintain stability in the Western Balkans. In Poland, you have contributed to deterring aggression, as a member of the multinational Battle Group. Moreover, you are hosting a NATO missile defence system and you make an essential contribution to the security in the Black Sea region on land, air and sea. This region is of strategic importance for Euro-Atlantic security and deserves our attention and our continued presence”, Stoltenberg stated.
The NATO Secretary General welcomed Romania’s plans to spend this year 2 percent of the GDP on Defence and to upgrade the armed forces in the next 10 years.
Romania understands that, in an increasingly unpredictable world, we need to invest more in our defence and we must remain united to ensure the security of our citizens. Security is the foundation of our freedom and prosperity. I thank you all for your special contributions to our Alliance, Stoltenberg also stated.
He congratulated Romania on celebrating 15 years since joining NATO.