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Meetings like the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit often give world leaders the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings on key issues of concern or interest.

The decline is largely the result of two one-time expenses a year ago: a retroactive pay increase for service members that was included in the Liberal government's defence policy, and a $1.8-billion payment into the account that provides pensions for Forces members and their dependents.

"But most importantly we have decisions that are pushing this alliance forward and making us stronger", Xinhua quoted NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as saying during a press conference at the end of the first day of the NATO Summit taking place in Brussels.

"Will they reimburse the USA?"

There are no other deliberate, structured bilateral meetings planned between the two leaders.

"I think it's an important metric, amongst many others, to gauge how countries are doing in terms of contributors to NATO", Trudeau said of the two-per-cent benchmark.

France, meanwhile, is expected to pledge this week that it will meet the two per cent spending target within the next seven years, while Germany says it will reach 1.5 per cent of GDP by 2024. "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?'"

The mission's activities have since been curtailed, and in some cases suspended, as a result of ISIL's defeat and ongoing fighting between some of the different Iraqi factions that Canada and its allies had been supporting.

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Markle has been following on the other female royals' footsteps, and she is expected to do so for years. The shade is symbolic of the country so Markle's choice in the color of her dress wasn't a coincidence.

The only true growth will be in Latvia, where the government plans to add 80 new soldiers to 450 already there.

"This is a moment for us to stand together and understand that the perspective that we fight for and stand for is essential today and tomorrow".

"In order to trade we have to have safety", he said. Canada is stepping up. "We will also help set up military schools, to increase the professionalism of Iraqi forces", Mr. Stoltenberg said during a speech ahead of this week's alliance ministerial. We do have disagreements.

"The United States and Canada had increased its presence in Europe, including in Poland".

"Yes, we need to take care of the poverty and challenges we have at home, each of us - but we also need to look at what we do to alleviate stress, tensions, misery around the world, because if we don't, the trend lines we'll be on as a world will leave us all poorer, poorer off".

- with reporting from Lee Berthiaume in Ottawa.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

Without those costs, Canada's reported defence spending would have been around one per cent of GDP.


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