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NATO Summit: Queen Elizabeth Hosts NATO Leaders at Buckingham Palace Reception.

World leaders attended a reception hosted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, Tuesday, December 3, as the first day of the alliance’s two-day summit drew to a close. The heads of state included: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying his leadership on the issue of burden-sharing for NATO's budget is "having a real impact." He cited a $130-billion increase in defense budgets among the non-U.S. NATO members and said that would increase to $400 billion by 2024. Only 9 out of 29 member countries currently meet NATO’s guideline of spending 2% of their GDP on collective defense. In addition to budget discussions, NATO’s secretary general said leaders would be talking about counterterrorism efforts, arms control, relations with Russia and the rise of China. Stoltenberg also rejected the suggestion that NATO is “brain-dead” saying NATO is active, agile and adapting. “We have just implemented the largest reinforcements of collective defense since the end of the Cold War,” he added.


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