Washington DC, 5 April 2023 (TDI): As NATO marks its 74th anniversary, the alliance can proudly claim a record of remarkable achievements since its founding in 1949.
In a statement released today, the United States (US) State Department highlighted the importance of NATO and its role in ensuring peace and security in the world.
As @NATO marks its 74th anniversary on April 4, the Alliance can claim a record of remarkable achievements since its founding in 1949. Read about this uniquely adaptive alliance:https://t.co/tOJadRmqMR
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 4, 2023
“NATO has been an indispensable pillar of international security for more than seven decades, and it remains as relevant and vital today as it was when it was first established,” said the spokesperson for the State Department.
“Since its founding in 1949, NATO has played a critical role in promoting stability and security in Europe and beyond,” the Department further added.
“Its collective defense approach has deterred aggression and helped prevent conflict, and its partnerships have enabled it to address emerging security challenges, such as terrorism, cyber threats, and hybrid warfare.”
The US European Command noted NATO’s role in promoting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. “Through its partnerships and cooperation with other international organizations, NATO has helped to advance global peace and security.”
Happy 74th anniversary, @NATO! The #NATO Alliance was founded in 1949 to secure peace in Europe, to promote cooperation among its members & to guard their freedom. Today, the Alliance is still united & stronger than ever.#WeAreNATO #ProtectTheFuture #StrongAlliance@USNATO https://t.co/J8DwiM93jU
— U.S. European Command (@US_EUCOM) April 4, 2023
NATO was founded in the aftermath of World War II as a response to the threats to peace and security posed by the Soviet Union.
NATO’s founding document, the Washington Treaty, includes the alliance’s Article 5 commitment to collective defense, which states that an attack on one member is considered an attack on all.
Notably, the US unwavering commitment to Article 5 is ironclad and non-negotiable, as President Joe Biden has emphasized.
Over the past 74 years, NATO has achieved many important milestones, including the end of the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, the stabilization of the Balkans, and the fight against terrorism.
Today, the alliance faces new challenges, including the rise of China and Russia, cyber threats, and the ongoing threat of terrorism. However, the State Department remains confident that NATO is well-equipped to address these challenges.
“The US remains fully committed to NATO and its principle of collective defense, and we will continue to work closely with our allies to ensure the Alliance remains strong and capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century.”
In a nutshell, NATO’s 74th anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the alliance’s achievements and their continued relevance in the world today.
As NATO looks to the future, the State Department remains confident that the alliance will continue to play a vital role in promoting peace and security and advancing the values of freedom and democracy around the world.