Nato leaders are turning their attention to the conflict in Afghanistan, on the second day of a Brussels summit so far dominated by demands from President Donald Trump.
Taliban militants reportedly killed up to 30 soldiers in attacks on Afghan army posts on Thursday.
Mr Trump has urged Nato allies to commit at least 4% of their annual output (GDP) to military spending.
Nato states are currently working towards a target of 2%.
President Trump used Thursday morning’s meeting to demand that the 2% goal be met by 2019, according to reports.
Reuters news agency said he broke from “a carefully scripted session” about other Nato matters to emphatically restate his position.
Speaking shortly afterwards, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was a clear commitment to Nato from all attendees.
There has been concern that President Trump might quit the alliance.
Nato sources, speaking to Reuters, said Mr Trump denied making such a threat.
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