Obama to Attend NATO, EU Summits in Lisbon.

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Washington — President Obama will attend the NATO and U.S.-European Union summits November 19–20 in Lisbon, Portugal, where talks are expected to center on security issues, global climate change, Afghanistan and economic recovery.

The NATO Summit will be held November 19–20, and the U.S.-EU Summit will be held on November 20.

The 28-nation NATO alliance is expected to focus on two critical challenges: progress in Afghanistan and ways to revitalize the alliance to meet 21st century threats and challenges, the White House said in an August 17 announcement.

“The president looks forward to discussing these and other issues with his 27 allied colleagues and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen,” the White House said.

There are approximately 140,000 U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. With help from its allies, the Afghan government is building up its army and national police to take greater responsibility for Afghan security.

The EU announced August 17 that Obama will participate in a summit with the leaders of the European Union, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

The White House said, “The United States has no stronger partner than Europe in advancing security and prosperity around the world. Our economic relationship is vital to global prosperity, and we are committed to cooperating to promote strong and sustained growth in our economies.”

The U.S.-EU meetings are expected to discuss economic issues, including efforts to coordinate financial policies, enhanced trade, security and terrorism, nuclear weapons nonproliferation and global warming, the EU said in a statement.

Trade between the United States and EU is valued at $4.28 trillion, and continued progress in the recovery from one of the steepest recessions since the Great Depression in the 1930s is regarded as essential. Stronger regulation of the financial sectors and continued stimulus spending to bolster the economic recovery are among issues that will be discussed when the leaders meet in Lisbon.

“The trans-Atlantic relationship is vital to global prosperity, and both sides are committed to cooperate in order to promote growth and jobs in their economies,” the EU said in an August 17 statement.

“Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso are looking forward to this opportunity to meet again with President Obama to reaffirm the trans-Atlantic agenda and advance EU-U.S. cooperation on issues of mutual concern.”

The November summit will be the first meeting since the EU nations adopted the Lisbon Treaty, which is designed to enhance decision making in the 27-nation bloc and give the EU’s more than 500 million people a stronger voice in political affairs.

Both the NATO and EU nations are expected to discuss expanding the membership to more nations from central and Eastern Europe.

The White House said the United States and EU nations are “united in our effort to protect our people and promote global security by combating terrorism and preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Together we advance the ideals of democracy and human rights that are essential in free societies.”

Source:  America


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