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Meeting with Croatian Minister of Defense (Zagreb, Croatia)

As Delivered by Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England, Ministry of Defense Building, Zagreb, Croatia, Monday, September 29, 2008

Good morning…  It’s wonderful to be here in your beautiful country. 

Many thanks to Minister Vukelic and his wife, Djurdjica, for their wonderful hospitality and friendship. 

The United States and Croatia have been strong partners for many years.  And, our two countries share a commitment to furthering peace and prosperity across the Balkan region. 

Today, Croatian troops are supporting a number of UN peacekeeping efforts …  And, they’re playing a critical role in helping to stabilize Afghanistan.  America is deeply grateful for your country’s many contributions and sacrifices. 

Croatia received a formal invitation to join NATO this past April and we all look forward to your full partnership this coming April.  I am delighted that the U.S. Senate ratified Croatia’s accession to NATO just last week and, so, congratulations.

The United States stands firmly beside Croatia …  And, we look forward to strengthening the bonds of friendship between our countries in the years ahead. 


Thank you

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