Clinton: USA Committed to Bulgaria's SecurityDefense | February 5, 2012, Sunday // 15:54| views
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reiterated the American commitment to Bulgaria's national security during her Sunday visit in Sofia.
"I would like to underscore the commitment of the United States to Bulgaria's security. We take very seriously our collective security obligations. We are allies in NATO. Bulgaria is an extremely important NATO partner," Clinton declared at her joint news conference with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
She emphasized America's adherence to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty that views any attack on a single NATO member state as an attack against all.
In Clinton's words, the USA, Bulgaria, and NATO need to focus on how to create the best possible missile defense system in Europe.
The US State Secretary also pointed out that Bulgaria and the USA are going to hold a number of joint military drills in 2012 (as part of the so called Task Force East - editor's note).
"We are seeking ways for the deepening of our military cooperation," Clinton told reporters in Sofia, adding that Bulgaria and the USA should review their defense cooperation in order to figure out its future direction.
She said the USA had deep respect for Bulgaria as a strategic partner, and praised Bulgaria's contribution to the NATO-led ISAF mission in Afghanistan.
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