[Croatia marks 12th Anniversary of #NATO Membership]
#foreignaffairs| On 1 April 2009, #Croatia became a full member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (#NATO) and today we mark the 12th anniversary of this historic day.
With its membership in the #NATO Alliance, #Croatia became part of the common defense system and together with its Allies contributes to peace and stability in Europe and in the world.
As a country that suffered military aggression and had to fight for its freedom and territorial integrity, #Croatia is especially aware of the importance of being a member of the Alliance that cherishes values such as democracy and freedom in order to strengthen international and European peace and security.
In 12 years of membership, Croatia has proven to be a reliable ally and partner, participating in #NATO-led operations, missions and activities in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq, as well as in Lithuania and Poland.
Croatia highly values the contribution of #NATO to peace and security and will remain a dedicated ally in the future to build an even stronger Alliance.