For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 2, 2003
President Welcomes Signing of the Adriatic Charter Partnership
Statement by the Deputy Press Secretary
President Bush welcomes today's signing of the Adriatic Charter Partnership between the United States and Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia.
The Adriatic Charter initiative demonstrates dedication by Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia to strengthen their individual and cooperative reform efforts as they seek NATO membership. The Charter affirms the signatories' political commitment to the values and principles of the NATO Alliance.
The United States remains committed to NATO's "Open Door." U.S. support for the Adriatic Charter underscores our continued support for the shared aspirations of Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia to full integration into the Euro-Atlantic community.
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