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NATO summit kicks off in Chicago

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13:33, May 21, 2012

Heads of state and government attend the North Atlantic Council meeting in Chicago during the NATO 2012 Summit on May 20, 2012. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)

CHICAGO, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Heads of state and government of 28 member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ( NATO) on Sunday kicked off their 25th summit in Chicago, with the alliance's future commitment to Afghanistan and security capability in the age of austerity dominating the agenda.

In his opening remarks at the summit, U.S. President Barack Obama said the alliance has been the "bedrock" of member countries ' common security and freedom.


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