The United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is set to call for NATO unity amid growing tensions within the military bloc at a summit to mark its 70th birthday.
The meeting gets underway near London on Tuesday overshadowed by a bitter row between France and Turkey, and a continuing debate over money, the BBC reports.
Last month, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, called NATO “brain dead,” saying members were no longer co-operating on key issues.
United States President, Donald Trump, is among the leaders attending the summit.
He arrived in the UK on Monday ahead of a reception to be hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening.
Mr. Trump is set to hold separate talks with the German and French leaders, and NATO’s secretary-general.
Tensions have grown since the election of President Trump, who has repeatedly complained that Europe’s NATO countries are not contributing enough to the bloc, created to counter the threat of post-World War Two communist expansion.
The summit takes place as President Trump faces an impeachment inquiry at home and eyes a re-election campaign next year. At the same time, the UK will hold a general election next week amid its complicated Brexit process.
As host of the two-day summit, Mr. Johnson is expected to reiterate the importance of NATO staying united, calling it “the cornerstone of Euro-Atlantic security” that helps “keep a billion people safe,” his spokesman said.
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