Skip to comments.Obama Gives Croatian President Mesic Washington Treaty Copy
Posted on 04/04/2009 10:38:00 AM PDT by Ravnagora
Stjepan Mesic, Barack Obama, Ivo Sanader
Albania and Croatia have already done a lot on behalf of NATO, Barack Obama said, alluding to soldiers participating in peace missions.
The NATO summit in Strasbourg began with a minute of silence for people who had been killed on behalf of NATO. After that, French President Nicolas Sarkozy held a speech.
He said the summit was taking place in Germany and France to show that these two countries ensure peace and security together.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that Afghanistan is NATOs biggest challenge.
"We must define our goals and periodically determine what has been achieved," Merkel said. NATOs Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, welcomed the two new members of the organisation, Albania and Croatia.
"You have definitely deserved your place at this table and I congratulate you on that," he said.
U.S. President Barack Obama stressed that Croatia and Albania have already done a lot on behalf of the Alliance, alluding to soldiers taking part in peace missions.
"We are proud to have you as allies," Obama stressed, after which he handed a copy of the Washington Agreement to Croatias President Stjepan Mesic.
Leaders of NATO member countries were greeted on the German side of the Rhine River by Chancellor Angela Merkel, while on the French side, they were greeted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The Croatian Pres shoulda held out for an iPOD... /s
Every single photo from this European campaign swing has Barry grinning like he’s posing for his kindergarten picture.
Every other leader smiles like an adult.
Like the cat that ate the canary.
“Like the cat that ate the canary.”
More like a Cheshire cat.
Obama looks like a cardboard cut-out in that picture...