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Published on Feb 20, 2012
''New NATO -- New Turkey'' Speech by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen held in Ankara, Turkey
Minister Davutoglu - dear Ahmet, thank you very much for that very kind introduction.
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is indeed a great pleasure to be here today on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Turkey's membership of the NATO Alliance. I have been looking very much forward to visiting Turkey today, and before proceeding I have to apologize that due to weather conditions I will have to leave immediately after my statement. But it is important for me to be here and tell you how much we appreciate Turkey's contribution to our Alliance.
Turkey has been a vital member of NATO for 60 years. Many things have changed in that time. But our commitment to each other has not.
Turkey plays an important role in our operations and we are particularly grateful for your steadfast commitment to our ISAF operation.
Turkey has an important voice in our decisions. And Turkey has a vital part to play in shaping our partnerships. Together, we are the most successful military Alliance in the world.
So Turkey has done very much for NATO. It has shown its commitment to stability, security and solidarity time and time again.
But NATO has also done a lot and does a lot for Turkey. Let me highlight just three of those benefits.