'Great', France and Germany will tell Trump in NATO talks

* NATO leaders gather at the luxurious golf resort for a formal summit * Defense spending, China, NATO reform on the agenda * Turkey and France separated from the strategy in Syria By Robin Emmott WATFORD, England, Dec. 4 (Reuters) - NATO leaders will tell US President Donald Trump on Wednesday that they are spending billions of dollars more on their armies in hopes of reducing their attacks against The Western Alliance In formal conversations after a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to celebrate 70 years of NATO, European leaders led by Germany and France intend to tell Trump that they will not be treated as minor partners in facing global conflicts. Despite Trump's accusations on Tuesday that the allies were criminals for not having spent as much as the United States on their armed forces, Europe, Turkey and Canada will use the meeting at a luxury golf club in North London to argue that They will spend $ 400 billion collectively on defense by 2024. If we invest money and risk the lives of our soldiers ... we should be clear about the foundations of NATO, said French President Emmanuel Macron on Twitter, adding that he will defend the interests of France and Europe on Wednesday. That is likely to include a push to expand NATO politically to consider a more important role for the alliance in the Middle East and possibly Africa, although Berlin and Paris must first seek NATO support for a group of wise people to develop plans. of reform. In a final statement, NATO allies will once again commit to their commitment to defend each other, while Britain will also place six warships, two combat squads and thousands of troops available to NATO to meet US demand for May European armies be more combative. Ready. NATO will also warn China for the first time that it is monitoring Beijing's growing military power, agreeing to gradually prepare the alliance to defend itself against possible future hostilities, in arenas that range from the Arctic to computer networks. But the debate is unlikely to be easy. Tuesday's meeting in London was marked by irritating exchanges between Trump and Macron about the future of transatlantic ties, while the US leader reiterated his criticism of Germany for not spending enough on defense, apparently unaware of the new defense plans of Berlin to achieve a NATO spending objective. 2031 I am a politician, and I am used to being criticized for good rhetoric but bad substance. In the case of NATO it is quite the opposite. We have had bad rhetoric but very good substance, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. diplomats and experts at an event in London on Tuesday. Macron also accused Turkey of working with representatives of the Islamic State in Syria, although the leader of Canada minimized tensions. NATO has survived because we have always had candid conversations, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Report by Robin Emmott, Edited by Rosalba O'Brien) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)