The term of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has been extended and he will remain at the helm of the Alliance for another year, until 1st October 2024
Stoltenberg, a former Prime Minister of Norway, has been leading NATO continuously since 2014, and his term has already been extended three times. The decision to extend his term comes ahead of the NATO leaders’ summit, which will be held next week in Vilnius, Lithuania.
“The Alliance and the bond between Europe and North America have secured our freedom and safety for almost 75 years, and are now more important than ever,” said Stoltenberg (64), adding that he is honored by the decision.
US President Joe Biden and leaders of other NATO countries also welcomed the decision.
“With his steady leadership, experience, and judgement, Secretary General Stoltenberg has guided our Alliance through the most significant challenges in European security since World War II,” Biden stated in a release.