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US President Donald Trump Says NATO Is No Longer Obsolete

US President Donald Trump has said Nato is no longer obsolete, reversing a stance that had alarmed allies.

Hosting Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House, Mr. Trump said the threat of terrorism had underlined the alliance’s importance and called on Nato to do more to help Iraqi and Afghan partners.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly questioned Nato’s purpose, while complaining that the US pays an unfair share of membership.

In an interview Mr Trump said, he said he would not label China a currency manipulator, despite having repeatedly pledged to do so on his first day in office.

At a joint press conference with Mr Stoltenberg, Mr Trump said, himself and the secretary general had a productive discussion about what more Nato can do in the fight against terrorism.

Mr Trump reiterated his call for Nato member states to contribute more funding to the alliance.

Earlier this week Nato welcomed Montenegro as its 29th member nation.

The meeting at the White House comes hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Russian President Vladimir Putin during a trip to Moscow.

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