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Canada All eyes on Trump as Trudeau seeks to shore up NATO at London summit

13:20  03 december  2019
13:20  03 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Trudeau to attend NATO leaders meeting in U.K., 70th anniversary of alliance

  Trudeau to attend NATO leaders meeting in U.K., 70th anniversary of alliance OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to attend the NATO leaders meeting next week in the U.K. Trudeau's office says while in London he will meet with allies to mark the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. During the meeting, Trudeau plans to reiterate Canada's commitment to NATO and to trans-Atlantic security, as well as the importance of working together to modernize the alliance. The meeting agenda calls forTrudeau's office says while in London he will meet with allies to mark the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Justin Trudeau standing in front of a building© Provided by The Canadian Press

LONDON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will set out to strengthen the NATO military alliance today, though all eyes will ultimately be on U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump is to meet with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg first thing this morning, for an exchange that will set the tone for the next two days as leaders from the alliance's 29 member states celebrate its 70th birthday and talk about the future.

Trump has waffled between public support for NATO and questioning its worth during his time in the Oval Office, which has raised concerns about the alliance's viability as global instability is on the rise.

Trudeau to mark NATO's birthday amid questions about military alliance's future

  Trudeau to mark NATO's birthday amid questions about military alliance's future LONDON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will seek to deflect questions about Canadian defence spending when he meets with fellow NATO leaders starting Tuesday by pointing to Canada's numerous other contributions to the military alliance. Leaders from all 29 NATO member states have started to gather in London to celebrate the 70th birthday of the alliance, which was created at the start of the Cold War to defend North America and Western Europe from the Soviet Union.

For his part, Trudeau will seek to reinforce the importance of NATO during an event with his Dutch counterpart before heading to Buckingham Palace for a formal dinner with the Queen, Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other NATO leaders.

NATO was was established by the U.S., Canada and several Western European countries after the Second World War to guard against the Soviet Union.

The alliance has become a cornerstone of Canada's defence from external threats and a driver in its relations with democratic Europe even as it has evolved to face the rise of terrorism, a newly assertive Russia and, more recently, China.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2019.

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