WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) released the following statement today after the Senate passed by voice vote a resolution supporting the upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Chicago:
"The NATO security alliance remains the greatest combined force for good in world history, defending our freedom and democracy around the globe," a Kirk spokesperson said. "We know Chicagoans will warmly welcome our NATO allies in May and foster an environment for a successful summit."
NATO’s Chicago Summit will take place on May 20th and 21st and will be the first summit held in the United States since 1999. More than 7,500 people from 60 national delegations are expected to attend the event, which is the first NATO summit in the United States held outside of Washington, DC. Area residents can visit http://chicagonato.org for updates and information on the summit.
NATO is an alliance of 28 member countries from North America and Europe that aims to maintain democratic peace in the North Atlantic region and protect the freedom and security of its members. Member countries consult and cooperate in security and defense, providing a unique transatlantic link for political and security cooperation.