Colombia to be NATO’s first Latin American Global Partner

Colombia will next week formally join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, making it the only Latin American nation in the alliance, President Juan Manuel Santos said late on Friday.

Areas of cooperation include cybersecurity, maritime security, terrorism and its links to organized crime, as well as building the capacities and capabilities of the Colombian armed forces.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded in 1949 and is a group of 29 countries from Europe and North America that exists to protect the people and territory of its members.

The Alliance is founded on the principle of collective defense, meaning that if one NATO Ally is attacked, then all NATO Allies are attacked.

The NATO lists Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan as “partners across the globe”.

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