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More than 60 world leaders attended the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. This was the first NATO summit since Chicago in 2012, and the first to be held in the United Kingdom since Margaret Thatcher welcomed NATO leaders to London in 1990.
NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, was set up in 1949 with the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty. Its purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of its member states through political and military means. Read more about NATO’s history and current activity.