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Welcome Ceremony for New Member States

29 March 2004, Washington

Chief of state of Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia have deposited their North Atlantic Treaty ratification documents on 29 March 2004, thereby officially becoming members of the Alliance.

Slovenia was represented by Prime Minister Anton Rop, who was joined at the ceremony in Washington, DC, by Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel.

The event was hosted by U.S. President George Bush and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. A number of senior U.S. administration officials were also attending, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as immigrant communities from the seven newcomers. The prime minister from new member states were joined by prime ministers of Albania Croatia and Macedonia, countries which expect to become members in the next round of NATO expansion.

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