Jens Stoltenberg’s tenure as NATO chief extended for another year

The tenure of Jens Stoltenberg as NATO’s secretary general has been extended for another year after the North Atlantic Council recently agreed to extend his mandate.

Stoltenberg, former Norwegian prime minister, will remain in his post until October 2024.

It is the third time Stoltenberg’s term has been extended, despite his earlier statements indicating that his tenure would come to an end in September this year.

The NATO chief, who first took the job in October 2014, said via a tweet on Tuesday:

“I am honored by the decision of NATO Allies to extend my term as Secretary General. The transatlantic bond between Europe and North America has ensured our freedom and security for nearly seventy-five years, and in a more dangerous world, our great Alliance is more important than ever.”

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said:  “We welcome the Alliance decision to extend Jens Stoltenberg as NATO Secretary General. We have important work ahead of us to strengthen NATO during this critical moment in history.”

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded in 1949 and is a group of 31 countries from Europe and North America that aims to protect the people and territory of its members.

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