Nato summit: Afghan war in spotlight after tense first day

Jul 12, 2018, 6:09 AM EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump called on bloc members to double Nato defense spending to 4% of their GDP.

A day after U.S. President Donald Trump poured scorn on allies over failing to meet their commitments for Nato military spending, the leaders plan to shift focus to the conflict in Afghanistan on the second day of the summit in Brussels.

Nato's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he hoped the bloc members will have a consensus on funding Afghan security forces until 2024, as the hardline Taliban attempts to claw back the territories it lost in the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, writes the BBC.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump launched a blistering attack on bloc members, singling out Germany for its gas imports from Russia and urging the allies to double their Nato defense spending to 4% of their GDP, notes The Guardian