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Britain to host next year's NATO summit

Britain to host next year's NATO summit

Sep 27, 2013 - 20:32

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): For the first time since the end of the cold war 23 years ago, Britain will host the Non-Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATOinfo-icon) summit in 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday.

The summit would represent an important moment in the history of the alliance, the premier said in a statement that did not give the exact dates. Downing Street said the dates and venues would be announced in due course.

Cameron said: "It will be an opportunity for leaders to recognise the contribution and the sacrifice made by our servicemen and womeninfo-icon as the ISAFinfo-icon mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon draws to a close, and as NATO draws down its forces and looks to help Afghanistan in different ways."

The summit would also be about NATO's future, he said, asserting Britain's key role in shaping the alliance from its start in 1949 to current operations. "The 2014 summit will be critical in ensuring NATO remains a relevant, modern, adaptable force fit for the 21st century."

Margaret Thatcher was the last British prime minister to host the gathering in the UK in 1977.

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