“It’s done”. Allied sources have confirmed on Thursday that the member countries of the Atlantic Alliance have reached an agreement to extend, for one more year, until September 2024, the mandate of its current Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.
The decision will be formalized in the middle of next week by the ambassadors of the 31 NATO partners and ratified at the summit that will take place on July 11 and 12 in Vilnius. After unsuccessful months of a consensus candidate to succeed the Norwegian prime minister, who took office in 2014 and in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has already agreed to remain in office for another year, the allies have come to the conclusion that that the best solution is to extend his mandate again. The high degree of satisfaction with the management of the Nordic politician has not been the only determining factor when it comes to asking him to stay a while longer.