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NATO Leaders Arrive In Brussels Seeking U.S. Commitment

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (right) welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump upon his arrival for the NATO summit in Brussels on May 25.

BRUSSELS -- Leaders from the 28 NATO member states gathered in Brussels on May 25 to press for a strong show of support from U.S. President Donald Trump, who once characterized the security alliance as "obsolete."

The alliance's leaders are hoping to prove to Trump as he visits their new billion-dollar, state-of-the-art headquarters that the alliance is more relevant than ever and ready to combat terrorism against the backdrop of the May 22 bombing in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said earlier on May 25 that alliance members will agree to NATO's participation in the international coalition against the extremist group Islamic State (IS), one of the main themes the U.S. president is expected to stress during the summit.

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    Rikard Jozwiak

    Rikard Jozwiak is the Europe editor for RFE/RL in Prague, focusing on coverage of the European Union and NATO.