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Obama reaffirms support for NATO alliance

2009-04-03 13:56:32 GMT2009-04-03 21:56:32 (Beijing Time)

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with a member of the honour guard alongside France's President Nicholas Sarkozy at the Palais Rohan in Strasbourg April 3, 2009. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) military alliance is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week at a summit co-hosted by Germany and France. (Agencies)

STRASBOURG, France – President Barack Obama is using his participation in a NATO summit to reaffirm support for what he calls "the most successful alliance in modern history."

At a gathering of NATO allies in Strasbourg, France, the U.S. president said Friday that with France's integration into the NATO command structure, the idea that Europe's security is the United States' security will continue to be upheld.

Echoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Obama says the U.S. wants strong allies, because that will make the alliance more effective overall.

Obama said: "We would like to see Europe have much more robust capabilities. That's not something we discourage."


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