Chicago to host NATO summit next year

08:41, June 23, 2011      

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President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday night NATO leaders will meet to discuss the future of Afghanistan in Chicago next May, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

President Obama will make the official announcement during an address in which he will also announce his decision on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

A senior administration official said the NATO summit, to be held from May 15 to 22 next year in the president's hometown, will be devoted to reviewing goals laid out by the security alliance in the Portugal Summit last fall, when leaders agreed to begin transition to full Afghan responsibility for security in 2014.

In Wednesday evening's address, the president is expected to announce the drawdown of about a 10th of the 100,000 troops now stationed in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua
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