Colombia would be formally joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) next week. The announcement was made by the country’s President Juan Manuel Santos on May 25, 2018.
With the move, Colombia will become the first Latin American nation to be a part of the alliance. It would be joining the bloc as a ‘global partner’, which means it will not necessarily have to take part in any joint military action and will be fully accredited in Brussels.
The NATO alliance comprising 29 member nations reached a partnership agreement with Colombia in May 2017, following the signing of a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).
The historic peace deal with the leftist rebels from Farc had earned Colombian President Santos a Nobel Peace Prize.
• The other global partner nations of NATO include Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan.
• The partnership with Colombia will include cooperation on global security areas such as cyber and maritime security, terrorism and links to organised crime.
• The announcement of Colombia’s partnership with NATO came just hours after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) approved Colombia as a new member.
• The partnership will enable Colombia to have a bigger role on the international stage.