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“We want NATO to be able to demonstrate that we have an alliance that is taking on global responsibilities, that it increasingly has the global capabilities to meet those challenges and is doing it in concert with global partners,” Mrs. Nuland told Agence France-Presse at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Meanwhile, French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie warned that expanding the mission will “dilute the natural solidarity between Europeans and North Americans.” Intervention in global conflicts will give the impression of “a campaign … of the West against those who don’t share its views.”

“NATO should remain a Euro-Atlantic organization,” Mrs. Alliot-Marie wrote in the French daily Le Figaro.

Mrs. Nuland added that she expects “tense” discussions as NATO leaders labor to draft a final report from the summit, to be held Nov. 28 and 29.

“Allies are going to spend a lot of time on wrestling and mud wrestling about the words that we use in our NATO documents and communiques,” she said.

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