NATO leaders will hold summit this December in London, the Western military alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg said in an announcement on Wednesday. The choice of location has included imagery, as Britain gets ready to leave the European Union next month while attesting that it will hold a key role in the continent’s security.
Stoltenberg said in a statement that, “We are grateful to the United Kingdom for agreeing to host this meeting in NATO’s 70th anniversary year. London was the home of NATO’s first headquarters. The United Kingdom was one of the Alliance’s twelve founding members and continues to play a key role in the Alliance, making essential contributions to our shared security.”
The last NATO summit, at the partnership’s Brussels headquarters in July, saw U.S. President Donald Trump agitate numerous European partners, including Germany, with requests that they spend more individually protection and lessen what he called their reliance on Russia for a lot of their vitality needs.
“The meeting in London will be an opportunity … to address the security challenges we face now and in the future, and to ensure that NATO continues to adapt in order to keep its population of almost one billion people safe,” Stoltenberg added.