Columbia becomes first from Latin America to join Nato as ‘global partner‘

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One year after reaching partnership deal through a peace agreement with South America, on Friday (local time) has formally joined the

As reported by the Deutsche Welle, announced the formalising of its global partner status.

"We will formalize in Brussels next week – and this is very important – Colombia's entry into in the category of the global partner. We will be the only country in Latin America with this privilege," Santos said in a televised address.

joined the ranks of Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan.

The announcement was made on the same day that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said that would be officially invited to join the group.

The Paris-based economic organization was founded in 1961 and has traditionally included industrialized nations, though in recent years it has extended its membership to emerging economies.

The is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries based on the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949.