Italy, indispensable actor in NATO’s wars on three continents
Today we mark an important anniversary in the history of our Alliance.
The founding of this Command.
Which began as Allied Forces Southern Europe.
And is now Joint Force Command Naples.
Italy is amongst the biggest contributors to our Alliance’s missions and operations.
In Iraq, Italian forces are part of our training mission.
Which you, as Admiral Burke said, will soon command.
In Kosovo, you lead NATO’s…efforts…in the Western Balkans.
Your troops [are] part of the NATO deployments in Latvia and in Romania.
And your jets [fly] over Iceland and over Montenegro as we speak.
For twenty years, Italian troops served…in Afghanistan.
Italy is home to several NATO bodies.
Such as the NATO Defence College in Rome. And we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of that great institution of ours…
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