Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (60) will remain at least until the fall of 2022 in the office. Representatives of the 29 allies unanimously to extend the contract of the former Norwegian government leaders.
He would actually run in September of the next year. Stoltenberg thanked the governments of the Nato countries for the trust. “I look forward to working with all allies to the adaptation and modernisation of Nato,” he commented on his contract extension. The Alliance was faced with the biggest security challenges for a Generation.
foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomed Stoltenberg, Nato remains the Secretary-General. “In these turbulent times, we need a mediator like him – with a cool head and a steady Hand,” said the SPD politicians, according to a message of his Ministry.
Great recognition of the Norwegian enjoys mainly because of his work as a skilful mediator between the sometimes very different interests of the 29 Nato countries. He took up the position in 2014 by the Dane, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who had a reputation as a “rabble-rouser” against Russia.
Stoltenberg’s course is clearly dialogue-driven. In his previous tenure as the Secretary General of the Nato upgraded, in order to demonstrate to Russia’s interference in the Ukraine conflict-defense readiness. At the same time, the long dormant dialogue within the Nato-Russia was added to the Council.
As a merit Stoltenberg’s also the skillful Moderation of the US President Donald Trump stoked the dispute on the defense expenditures of the European allies.
Mr Stoltenberg will be the first Secretary-General since the German Manfred Wörner, the is more than five years in office. The next important date for the Norwegians, the celebrations for the 70. Anniversary of Nato’s founding. In the case of a foreign Minister is scheduled to meet in Washington next week at the 4. April 1949. At that time, twelve countries in Europe and North America had closed in the US capital, the North Atlantic Treaty.
Before Stoltenberg came to Nato, he was almost ten years Prime Minister of his native country. In this role, he also experienced the attacks of the extreme-right mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik in the summer of 2011. Stoltenberg is the father of two adult children. His Hobbies include cross-country skiing and Cycling.