The proclamation of neutrality was a formal announcement which was issued by George Washington on April 22, 1793. The announcement officially declared the United States of America as a neutral party to the conflict between Great Britain and France. In addition to simply stating neutral stance, the announcement placed legal proceedings against any American who providing assistance for the feuding sides.
The Proclamation of Neutrality was seen as a landmark announcement for it officially rendered the United State's role in a global conflict as neutral. To this day, similar announcements are made which state that a land or country is not involved in a particular conflict and they will not be held liable for any consequences that arise from the feud.
In addition the neutral stance places a responsibility on the individual within the country declaring the proclamation of neutrality that if they show a bias or participate in the feud they will be convicted and held accountable for their actions.