18th Annual NATO Conference on Arms Control, Disarmament and WMD Non-Proliferation

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will deliver remarks at the opening session of the conference on April 18 and participate in a Q&A session with in-person attendees. Only the opening session will be livestreamed on the U.S. Department of State website and on YouTube . The conference will be chaired by U.S. ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited the NATO Defense College in Rome

Originally located in Paris, the NATO Defense College was founded thanks to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the first Supreme Allied Commander Europe, who identified early on the need for a new international defense institution with a unique educational mission. It moved to Rome in 1966, where it continues to fulfil its mission to contribute to the ... Read More»

NATO has brought 74 years of stability to Europe

As NATO marks its 74th anniversary on April 4, the alliance can claim a record of remarkable achievements since its founding in 1949. Retired U.S. Admiral James Stavridis, a former supreme allied commander for Europe (2009–2013), cites NATO’s “unblemished record of deterring attack against its members” as among the alliance’s greatest accomplishments. Read More»

An unshakable commitment: The U.S. and NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded in 1949 in the aftermath of World War II, with the purpose of securing peace in Europe. Every American president since Harry Truman, who championed NATO’s creation, has reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the principle of collective defense, which makes up the core of this now ... Read More»

NATO’s 2022 Cyber Defense Pledge Conference

On November 9 and 10, 2022, NATO’s 2022 Cyber Defense Pledge Conference will take place in Rome, at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.  The event is co-hosted by Italy and the United States with the support of the NATO International Staff. At the Madrid Summit in June, Allies reaffirmed that resilience ... Read More»

Signing of U.S. Instruments of Ratification of Finland and Sweden’s NATO Accession Protocols

Today President Biden signed the United States Instruments of Ratification of the Accession Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty for the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden, which the U.S. Senate approved on August 3. We celebrate this historic moment, which underscores the U.S. commitment to our shared Transatlantic security. Read More»

Statement from President Biden on Senate Ratification of the NATO Accession Protocols for Sweden and Finland

Today, the Senate overwhelmingly endorsed our close partners Finland and Sweden joining NATO. This historic vote sends an important signal of the sustained, bipartisan U.S. commitment to NATO, and to ensuring our Alliance is prepared to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. I thank the members of the Senate – especially Majority Leader Schumer, Minority ... Read More»

Biden: NATO is ‘more united than ever’

The United States and its trans-Atlantic allies have agreed to a bold vision for NATO’s future to ensure a strong NATO alliance. The White House called the June 29–30 NATO Summit in Madrid “an historic moment for the Transatlantic Alliance.” For the first time, leaders from partner nations in Asia, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand and ... Read More»

Statement by President Biden on Trilateral Agreement Between Turkey, Finland, and Sweden

I congratulate Turkey, Finland and Sweden on signing a trilateral memorandum, which paves the way for Allies to invite Finland and Sweden to join NATO at the Madrid Summit. When I welcomed President Niinistö and Prime Minister Andersson to the White House last month, I told them that the United States strongly supports their membership. ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Political Director Pasquale Ferrara, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa, and North America James Cleverly.  Deputy Secretary Sherman reaffirmed the United States’ readiness, together with Allies and partners, ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. The two discussed coordination between the United States, Italy, and the European Union to address Russia’s continued threat to Ukraine. Secretary Blinken emphasized the critical role Italy, NATO, and the EU play in ensuring security on the continent, underscored the ... Read More»

U.S. and NATO partner to face global challenges

The United States and its allies are calling on Russia to stop its military buildup along the border of Ukraine and abide by its international commitments. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told reporters after an April 14 meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels that representatives of 30 allied nations unanimously opposed Russia’s military ... Read More»

President Biden Participates in European Council Summit

Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. participated virtually in a scheduled summit of the European Council. Meeting with the heads of state or government of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) chaired by European Council President Charles Michel, the President reaffirmed his commitment to revitalizing relations between the United States and the European ... Read More»

U.S. and allies adapt to face new challenges

Secretary of State Antony Blinken wants to revitalize U.S. alliances to counter modern threats, including economic coercion, disinformation and climate change. In a speech March 24 in Brussels, Blinken affirmed America’s commitment to NATO and allies around the world. He urged nations to cooperate in the face of increasingly complex challenges. Read More»

Joint Statement by the Secretary of State Blinken and EU High Representative

On March 24, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell met in Brussels to discuss ways to strengthen the U.S.- EU relationship and coordinate responses to priority foreign policy, security, and economic issues.  They also committed to cooperate in the face of global challenges, including ... Read More»

Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances

A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people.  I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – that it makes their lives more secure, creates opportunities for their families and communities, and addresses the global challenges ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Brussels. The Secretary emphasized the importance of the enduring partnership between the United States and Italy. The ministers agreed the United States and Italy will continue to work together to address shared ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Conte

Thank you very much.  We just met with the Prime Minister of Denmark.  Had a great meeting and discussed a lot of things, including trade. And now we’re meeting with a friend of mine — a good friend of mine, the Prime Minister of Italy.  And we have many things to discuss, including trade and ... Read More»

70 Years of NATO: Shared Values, Historic Achievements, and Defending our Future Together

NATO Allies agree sanctions are our best diplomatic tool to bring Russia back into compliance with the values that we share with Europe.  We do not want war.  But we cannot accept such brazen violations of international law and norms.  Inaction is not an option.  And it’s clear dialogue has proved to be insufficient.Relaxing sanctions ... Read More»

“NATO’s 70th Anniversary – The Alliance is as important as in 1949”?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the most successful alliance in history.  The United States, Italy, and ten others gathered in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 1949, and over the past 70 years, NATO has helped to create the most secure, stable, and prosperous period in its members’ history.  From deterring the Soviet Union ... Read More»

U.S. Air Force Secretary Lee James in Italy

The U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James departed Rome Sunday following a meeting with Italian defense leadership and a visit to the Italian Air Operation Center and NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Center (DACCC) at Poggio Renatico. Following her meeting, Secretary James said, “I had very informative conversations with defense leaders ... Read More»
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