Diplomats stated at the moment, Thursday, that the nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) have agreed to increase the mandate of the Secretary-Common of the bloc, Jens Stoltenberg, and that an official announcement on this regard can be issued subsequent week.
The time period of Stoltenberg, the previous Norwegian prime minister who has been main the Western protection bloc since 2014, was beforehand prolonged for a 12 months final October as a result of struggle in Ukraine.
A number of NATO diplomats confirmed that the 31 member states of the bloc had reached settlement to increase the time period of the 64-year-old Stoltenberg for a 12 months, after difficulties prevented discovering an acceptable successor earlier than a summit scheduled to be held in Lithuania in lower than two weeks.
Just lately, different potential candidates, together with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and British Protection Minister Ben Wallace, dropped out of the race.
The US ambassador to NATO, Julianne Smith, didn’t affirm that any settlement had been reached, however advised reporters that an announcement relating to the place of Secretary-Common was prone to be issued “within the coming days.”
“The potential for extending Jens Stoltenberg’s time period is an choice that allies are contemplating,” Smith stated.