Presidential Papers, March 2009

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Author: Barack H. Obama  | Date: March 21, 2009

Statement on France’s Decision to Participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Command
March 21, 2009

I enthusiastically welcome the decision made by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to fully reintegrate France into the NATO alliance. President Sarkozy’s leadership has been essential and is much appreciated. France is a founding member of NATO and has been a strong contributor to NATO missions throughout the alliance’s history. France’s full participation in the NATO military command structure will further contribute to a stronger alliance and a stronger Europe. The NATO alliance has been the cornerstone of transatlantic security for the past 60 years. The United States is committed to its success and knows that it is through close cooperation with allies and partners that we can overcome our most difficult challenges. In this context, I also welcome the further strengthening of European defense capabilities. During my upcoming visit to France and Germany for the 60th anniversary NATO summit, I look forward to discussing ways to ensure that our strengthened alliance, with France as a full participant in all its structures, will be as important in the 21st century as it was in the 20th century.

Categories: Statements by the President : France’s decision to participate in NATO military command.

Names: Sarkozy, Nicolas.

Subjects: France : North Atlantic Treaty Organization, military command participation; France : President; North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

DCPD Number: DCPD200900179. WSPC File: dcpd-2009-00179.xml

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Chicago: Barack H. Obama, "Statement on France’s Decision to Participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Command," Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for March 2009] in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents, March 2, 2009 Original Sources, accessed October 2, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8TSJ7EFM1D2J923.

MLA: Obama, Barack H. "Statement on France’s Decision to Participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Command." Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for March 2009], in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents, March 2, 2009, Original Sources. 2 Oct. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8TSJ7EFM1D2J923.

Harvard: Obama, BH, 'Statement on France’s Decision to Participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Command' in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for March 2009]. cited in March 2, 2009, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents, March 2, 2009. Original Sources, retrieved 2 October 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8TSJ7EFM1D2J923.