London To Host Next NATO Summit

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The next NATO summit will be held in London in 2014.

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Welcoming the British government's offer to host the summit, whose exact date and location in London was not announced, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, "I expect it to deliver an Alliance which is strong, flexible, modern and ready to deal with any security threat, based on the vital transatlantic bond." These threats include ballistic missiles and cyberattack.

Topping the summit agenda will be the NATO withdrawal of combat forces from Afghanistan at the end of 2014 and the shape of the follow-on training mission, dubbed Resolute Support.

In London, allied leaders will choose a successor for Rasmussen.

They will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program with former Soviet republics, Central and Eastern Europe and what used to be known as neutrals. The last NATO summit held in London, on 5-6 July 1990, began the discussion on how to cooperate with Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, leading to the launch of the PfP program at the Brussels summit three and a half years later, on 10-11 January 1994.

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