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NATO Summit Wales 2014 - as it happened

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The NATO 2014 Summit was held on 4 to 5 September 2014.

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.

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Friday, September 5

Watch highlights from the second day of the summit:

NATO day 2 - video highlights

The RAF Red Arrows concluded a fly-past of military aircraft from 9 NATO countries before the start of formal sessions on the second day.

Hyperlapse video of military aircraft

Thursday, 4 September

Watch highlights from day 1 of the summit:

Highlights - day 1 of NATO Summit

NATO leaders reaffirmed their commitment to supporting Afghanistan. They called on the 2 presidential candidates to work together and to conclude the necessary security agreements as soon as possible. The Wales Summit Declaration on Afghanistan pays tribute to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and sets out future actions and support in Afghanistan. David Cameron also praised the armed forces that have played a part in Afghanistan in his opening remarks.

Leaders pledged to provide strong support to help Ukraine improve its own security at a meeting with Ukraine President Poroshenko.

The UK also secured a NATO style military covenant - the Armed Forces Declaration at the summit, strengthening support for armed forces.

Background to the summit

About NATO

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.