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NATO Extends Stoltenberg’s Mandate by Another Year

NATO has decided to extend the contract of Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg by another year to lead the world’s largest military alliance, amid Russian aggression in Ukraine.  

Jens Stoltenberg, the former prime minister of Norway has led the military alliance since 2014. His current term in office was due to expire on October 1. He has already had his tenure extended three previous times.

NATO Chief’s latest extension comes a week before the alliance’s annual summit, which will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, this year.

While appreciating the decision of his latest extension, Stoltenberg in a tweed said, “The transatlantic bond between Europe and North America has ensured our security and freedom for nearly 75 years, and our alliance is more important now than ever in a more dangerous world.”

The 64-year-old is viewed by his supporters as a reliable figure. His steady leadership and experience has helped the alliance to wade through some of the most significant challenges in European security since World War II.

Following Stoltenberg’s extension as the alliance chief, US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and leaders of other NATO member states conveyed congratulatory messages, describing him as a strong leader equipped with rich experiences and leadership skills.