December 2, 2019 / 11:33 AM / 13 days ago

NATO declaration will include commitment to collective defence - official

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, November 11, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Pool

BERLIN (Reuters) - NATO member states will affirm the bloc’s collective defence guarantee at their summit this week in the United Kingdom, a German government official said on Monday.

The commitment will be included in the summit’s declaration, the official said, adding that a meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump was envisaged for Wednesday on the sidelines of the meeting.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; writing by Thomas Seythal; editing by Alexander Ratz and Michael Nienaber

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