Britain to host 2014 NATO summit with focus on Afghanistan
28 September, 2013
LONDON: Britain announced on Friday it will host next year's NATO summit with the leaders of the military alliance expected to focus on Afghanistan as its troops withdraw from the conflict.
It is the first time the event has been held in Britain since 1990, as the Cold War came to an end.
"I'm delighted that the UK will host the 2014 NATO summit," Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement. The date and venue has yet to be announced.
Cameron indicated that Afghanistan would be central to discussions among the 28 NATO member states, as the 87,000 NATO-led troops fighting the Taliban insurgency prepare to leave by the end of 2014.
"It will be an opportunity for leaders to recognise the contribution and the sacrifice made by our service men and women as the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, and as NATO draws down its forces and looks to help Afghanistan in different ways," he said.