70 years of security through NATO

NATO foreign ministers gathered in Washington April 3–4 to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary.

A reception, hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, took place in the same room where the foreign ministers of the 12 founding Allies met to sign the North Atlantic Treaty on April 4, 1949. Today NATO has 29 members and Allies are in the process of ratifying membership of North Macedonia to officially join the group.

Secretary Pompeo said the founders of NATO “took a risk in creating this alliance and it paid a massive dividend: decades of peace and prosperity for the West on a scale unrivaled in world history.”

Here are a few quotes from NATO leaders as they celebrated seven decades of peace and prosperity and shared their optimism for the future.

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