U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Announces Finland’s Signing of Agreement on NATO Status
The U.S. Department of State has officially notified that the Republic of Finland has signed the Agreement on the Status of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), National Representatives, and International Staff. The agreement, originally done in Ottawa on September 20, 1951, aims to establish the legal framework and privileges for NATO personnel in member countries.
On May 11, 2023, Finland took the significant step of signing this agreement, solidifying its commitment to NATO and its cooperative security efforts. The Agreement on the Status of NATO ensures that national representatives and international staff members of NATO enjoy the necessary legal rights, immunities, and privileges while carrying out their duties.
As the depositary of the United States, the Secretary of State fulfilled the duty of communicating this important development. Finland’s signature reaffirms the country’s dedication to collective defense and international cooperation within the NATO alliance.
This milestone further strengthens the bonds between Finland and NATO, contributing to regional security and stability. Finland’s commitment to upholding the agreement underscores its active participation and support in NATO’s mission to safeguard the shared values and interests of its member states.
The U.S. Department of State welcomes Finland’s decision to join the Agreement on the Status of NATO, recognizing it as a significant step towards enhancing cooperation and coordination among NATO members.