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NATO summit focuses on a stable Afghanistan

Monday, May 21, 2012

The 25th NATO summit concluded with consensus on the most pressing issue for the alliance -- leaving a stable Afghanistan.

"We are leaving Chicago with a NATO alliance that is stronger, more capable and more are ready for the future," said Pres. Obama after the summit wrapped up Monday afternoon. "As a result, each of our nations, the United States included, is more secure, and we're in a stronger position to advance the security and prosperity and freedom that we seek around the world."

Members and partners involved in the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan detailed the reduction of international forces and ongoing military training as well as supporting human rights.

"We're not unified behind a plan to responsibly wind down the war in Afghanistan, plan a man that trains the Afghan security forces, transitions to the Afghans and build a partnership that can endure after our combat mission in Afghanistan ends," said Obama.

Many hoped that the summit would leave a lasting impression of Chicago on those in attendance.

The first lady of Chicago, Amy Rule, who was Chicago's ambassador for the summit launch in Brussels, told ABC7 Chicago was well received. It is a feeling shared by the NATO Host Committee.

"To have the president and the secretary general and the world leaders here today to make important statements," said Lori Healey, NATO Host Committee.

The president declared the NATO summit a success.

"This is a city of big shoulders," said Pres. Obama. "Rahm, his team, Chicagoans proved that this world class city knows how to put on a world class event.

While NATO leaders met on Monday morning, hundreds of protesters gathered outside of Boeing headquarters, tossing paper airplanes through the air. Chicago police say no protesters were arrested.

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