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International guests will attend working dinners at famous Welsh landmarks for NATO Summit in Wales.
Cardiff Castle and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama have been selected as two of the dinner venues along with Cardiff Bay where the Royal Navy’s newest type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan will be docked throughout the summit.
Together they will host Heads of State and Government, Foreign Ministers and Defence Ministers from the Alliance’s 28 countries on Thursday 4 September.
The summit will also showcase Newport’s Tredegar House with a reception for hundreds of the international media delegates due to cover the meeting.
Welsh food and drink will be served as the UK and Welsh governments seize the opportunity to showcase Wales to the world.
Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said:
Not only will the NATO Summit in Newport be the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain, it is also an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Wales on a global stage.
Wales is home to some truly spectacular venues. I’m delighted that representatives from around the world will have the chance to experience first-hand Wales’s rich history and cultural heritage as well as our traditional warm welcome and hospitality.
The First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones AM said:
I am delighted that some of the most striking buildings in both Newport and Cardiff will be used to showcase the best of Welsh hospitality during the NATO Summit. This announcement adds to the excitement building around the event.
The eyes of the world will be on Wales and a huge amount of work is underway to ensure that it is a smooth and successful summit, with close co-operation between the Welsh and UK Governments to maximise this unique opportunity.
Both governments have worked with Gwent and South Wales police to ensure any disruption to local residents caused by these events will be kept to a minimum.
Find out more about NATO Summit Wales 2014 or follow the official summit Twitter account @NATOWales
Tredegar House image courtsey of Russell Ede on Flickr, used under Creative Commons. HMS Duncan image courtsey of Mark Harkin on Flickr, used under Creative Commons.
Published: 5 August 2014
Updated: 5 August 2014
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