BigNews.Biz - Apr 13,2017 - STATEMENT BY SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON VISIT TO CROATIA
Durbrovnik, Croatia – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on his visit to Croatia:
“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of U.S. recognition of Croatia’s independence, I am grateful for the opportunity to visit Croatia and witness its remarkable transformation into a modern democratic state, a dedicated member of the Euro-Atlantic community, and a symbol of the progress that is possible in Southeastern Europe. I am hopeful Croatia will continue to play a leadership role in promoting regional reconciliation and further progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration.
“The United States’ commitment to NATO—and to the vision of a Europe whole, free, and at peace—is ironclad. My country is fortunate to count Croatia among its most able and willing strategic partners. In my meetings with President Grabar-Kitarovic and Prime Minister Plenkovic, I expressed my gratitude for Croatia’s stalwart commitment to the NATO alliance and its contributions to our shared security, from Kosovo to Afghanistan to the fight against ISIL. Moreover, I commended Prime Minister Plenkovic for reversing a downward trend in defense spending and making progress toward meeting Croatia’s defense spending commitments as a member of NATO. Going forward, I hope that Croatia’s defense investments will further enhance NATO alliance interoperability and bolster needed capabilities, such as rotary lift.
“I also expressed to the President and the Prime Minister my appreciation for Croatia’s principled advocacy for Ukraine’s territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression. The Croatian government’s commitment to send a mechanized infantry company to Lithuania in 2018 as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence sends a strong signal that the NATO alliance will not shrink from the defense of our common security and shared values.
“I am deeply appreciative of President Grabar-Kitarovic, Prime Minister Plenkovic, and the Croatian people for their hospitality during my visit. I look forward to future discussions on strengthening our shared security, shared prosperity, and shared values.”