- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

STRASBOURG, FRANCE (AP) - President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and two dozen other NATO leaders are walking across a bridge separating Germany and France in a moment of symbolic unity.

The leaders of NATO nations will meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the halfway point on the Europa bridge spanning the Rhine river.

It is a moment meant to represent a departure from the enmity that once tore apart Europe, and set aside current trans-Atlantic differences _ at least for a few minutes.

The leaders of the 28 NATO nations will then go into talks Saturday likely to see disagreements about Afghanistan and the alliance’s future.

The NATO summit is hosted jointly by the French border city of Strasbourg and the German towns of Kehl and Baden-Baden.

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