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NATO Secretary-General does not extend his term of office

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks at a news conference in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: AFP/VNA

On February 11, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu stated that Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had three term extensions and had a total of nine years in this position. It is expected that his current term will end in October 2023 and he has no intention of remaining in office.

Lungescu’s statement came after the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag quoted unnamed sources as saying that NATO would once again extend the term of Secretary General Stoltenberg, in the context of the military alliance seeking how to maintain stability as the conflict in Ukraine continues.

According to the newspaper, NATO members will extend Stoltenberg’s term until April 2024. The newspaper reported that the 30 NATO member countries had an informal agreement on Stoltenberg’s continuation in this position after the end of his term on September 30, and a formal decision would be made. out in the near future.

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg is a politician by training in economics and a former leader of Norway’s Labor Party. He served as Prime Minister of Norway from 2000-2001 and 2005-2013 before becoming head of NATO in 2014. He also served as Norway’s Finance Minister and Energy Minister.

According to Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace are considered strong candidates to succeed Stoltenberg at NATO.

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