Jens Stoltenberg will remain Secretary General of NATO for an extra year. It is the fourth time his term has been extended. The 64-year-old Norwegian has been at the head of the military alliance since 2014.
In February, Stoltenberg announced that he did not intend to extend his term again. He was due to step down as NATO’s top boss in October. Partly because of the war in Ukraine, the member states think it is a good idea if the experienced Stoltenberg stays on longer.
The search of the 31 member states for a suitable successor for the Norwegian has yielded nothing in recent months. Stoltenberg’s successor would be appointed in two weeks at the NATO summit in Lithuania.
The Norwegian lets through Twitter are honored to have his term extended by one year. According to Stoltenberg, “In an increasingly dangerous world, our alliance is more important than ever.”
Stoltenberg is currently the second longest-serving Secretary General of NATO ever. Only the Dutchman Joseph Luns was longer at the head of the organization between 1971 and 1984. Stoltenberg will not achieve that even with his extended term.