Montenegro Joins NATO, First New Member in a Decade

NATO welcomed the tiny country of Montenegro, as its 29th member Monday — the first new member in nearly ten years and a move that comes on the heels of President Trump’s visit to NATO’s headquarters.

The State Department affirmed the U.S. commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s chief principle to come to the defense of U.S. European allies.

“Montenegro’s accession sends a strong message of strength to the region and makes clear to our allies,” Under Sec. of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon declared, “the U.S. remains as committed as ever to the principle of collective defense as enshrined in article five of the Washington Treaty.”

President Trump declined to offer the same assurances while at the NATO headquarters less than two weeks ago unnerving many members of the security alliance.

Image: Accession ceremony for Montenegro into the NATO alliance

Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, center, shakes hands with U.S. Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon, right, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, during an accession ceremony at the State Department in Washington on Monday June 5, 2017.