Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos introduced Friday that his nation will formally turn out to be NATO’s first Latin American “international companion,” starting subsequent week.
In a televised tackle from the presidential Narino Palace and on Twitter, Santos stated: “We are going to formalize in Brussels subsequent week — and this is essential — the entry of Colombia into NATO within the class of worldwide companion. We would be the solely nation in Latin America with this privilege.”
Santos, the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who made peace with FARC rebels, stated the transfer would enhance Colombia’s picture on the world stage.
Colombia and NATO reached a partnership deal in Might 2017 following the conclusion of the peace accord with FARC, now a political social gathering.
Areas of cooperation embrace cybersecurity, maritime safety, terrorism and its hyperlinks to organized crime, and constructing the capacities and capabilities of the Colombian armed forces, in response to a press release posted on NATO’s web site.
Along with Colombia, NATO lists Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan as “companions throughout the globe” or just “international companions.”
Every nation “has developed an Particular person Partnership Cooperation Program” with the 29-country U.S.-led alliance. Lots of them are actively contributing to NATO missions.