No:56, 18 February 2107, Press Release Regarding The 65th Anniversary Of Turkey’s Membership To Nato , 18.02.2017
Today marks the 65th Anniversary of Turkey’s membership to NATO. The
importance of NATO for Turkey has continued to increase since its
membership in 1952. The Alliance is the cornerstone of Turkey’s defence and
Adapting itself to the challenging threats and risks after the Cold War,
NATO has demonstrated its continued deterrence and effectiveness and is an
indispensable actor in the preservation of stability and security in the
With its commitment to the principle of indivisible security and allied
solidarity as well as its unique position in the Alliance, Turkey
contributes to NATO’s missions and operations, and also participates
effectively in its activities involving the Balkans, Caucasus, Middle East,
Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Today, the international community is faced with assymetric security risks
such as terrorism, regional instabilities, radicalism and mass migration.
Terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to the security of
the Alliance. We need allied solidarity and political unity more than ever.
Turkey has appreciated the support and solidarity shown by NATO after
FETO’s henious coup attempt.
As a reliable Ally, Turkey will continue to contribute to NATO and remains
fully committed to its NATO obligations, as has been the case for 65 years.