Today, Ranking Member Bill Keating and Chairman Ted Poe of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade sent the attached letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reaffirming their commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). They were joined by members of the Subcommittee, Reps. Frankel (D-FL), Cook (R-CA), Boyle (D- PA), Zeldin (R-NY), Titus (D-NV), Perry (R-PA), Torres (D-CA), and Schneider (D-IL).
Under Article 5’s commitment clause, member states commit to common defense in the face of an attack on another member state. NATO invoked Article 5 for the first and only time to-date following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“Our European partners are perhaps more critical now than ever to the security of the United States, as well as to our collective security,” said Ranking Member Keating. “We simply cannot tackle the external threats we face today alone. The recent NATO summit showcased our European allies’ commitment to our common defense and we should demonstrate no less. I am proud to be joined by my colleagues on the Subcommittee in sending a clear, bipartisan message to the Administration and to our allies that we are firm in our commitment to NATO’s Article 5 because we understand that it is necessary for ensuring our security here at home.”
"Today, NATO is engulfed by threats like never before,” said Chairman Poe. “Whether it be Russian aggression on its eastern flank, a resurgence of international terrorism on an unprecedented scale, or Iran's dangerous ballistic missile program, it is clear that we must band together. We must recommit ourselves to the founding principles of NATO and to the core tenet of shared security represented in Article 5. It is my firm belief that a united NATO can successfully overcome these threats, but that a divided alliance will be vulnerable and ultimately falter."
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