As it happened: Nato summit - Day One

Key points

  • More than 60 world leaders have gathered in Wales for a Nato summit taking place in the city of Newport.
  • All of Nato's 28 member countries are represented, with 4,000 delegates attending amid a security operation unprecedented in the UK.
  • The first session discussed the future of Afghanistan, with Nato combat troops due to leave this year.
  • Ukraine, the Islamic State militant threat and the very future of Nato are also concentrating minds.
  • Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Nato would stand by Ukraine in "these difficult times"
  • All times in BST (GMT plus one hour)

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Last updated 4 September 2014


More than 60 world leaders - plus the world's media - are in the Welsh city of Newport. The reason: a Nato summit which is being described as the most crucial in decades.


The 26th Nato summit is being held at what is potentially a critical time in world history. Ukraine and Afghanistan will be key items on the agenda for the 28 member states but the most pressing discussions are expected to be about what action should be taken in Iraq and Syria against the militant group Islamic State.


This is undoubtedly a big deal for Wales. Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said it was "an exciting and historic moment for our country" and Prime Minister David Cameron called it "a great moment to put the best face of Wales forward - the brilliance of Welsh industry, of Welsh people - a great place to locate, a great place to come".


And as Carwyn Jones points out on Twitter, this is the first time that a serving US president has visited Wales.


US President Barack Obama and David Cameron have already arrived. Here's Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones greeting them.

Carwyn and Barack


Cameron and Obama

The prime minister and the US president have also met for talks on Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, the PM tweeted.



Earlier children at Mount Pleasant Primary School got a visit they will remember for a while - as a 22-car convoy carrying Mr Obama and Mr Cameron swept through the gates. The two leaders spent 30 minutes at the school before joining other delegates. Barack Obama greeted the school children by saying "Bore Da" - or "good morning" for those who haven't mastered the Welsh tongue.


The two-day summit is the 26th in Nato's history and the first since 1990 to be held on UK soil. That last gathering was hosted by Margaret Thatcher in London.