Wales Summit opens with tribute to troops
NATO leaders together with counterparts from 28 ISAF partner nations opened the Alliance’s two-day Summit in Wales on Thursday (4 September 2014) by paying tribute to the men and women from Afghan and international forces who served in Afghanistan and other operations. “NATO is the world’s most powerful Alliance and it will remain so because of the bravery, skill and determination of you, of our service men and women, and the valuable partners who stand with us,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
The heads of state and government stood for a moment of silence in honour of their service. An honour guard with soldiers from each of NATO’s member states plus those from partner countries as well as from the Afghan National Army also participated in the ceremony.