The Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Mircea Geoană, appreciated, on Tuesday, the extension of the mandate of Jens Stoltenberg at the head of the Alliance, expressing his joy to continue working in the same team for the success of the Summit in Washington, when NATO will be 75 years old . “Together we had to manage unprecedented situations in the recent history of the Alliance”, Geoană said.
“I welcome with joy the decision of the NATO allies to extend the mandate of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, for another year, until October 1, 2024. The decision will be approved by the NATO heads of state and government at the Vilnius Summit, which will took place on July 11-12”, Mircea Geoană wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.
He declared himself “proud and happy” to continue to team up, at the head of NATO, with Jens Stoltenberg, “a formidable leader, a reliable colleague and a dear friend”.
“Together we had to manage unprecedented situations in the recent history of our Alliance and I am pleased that we will continue to work in the same way for the success of the Summit in Washington, when NATO will be 75 years old”, Geoană said.
NATO decided on Tuesday to extend the mandate of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg by another year, preferring to stay with an experienced leader instead of trying to agree on a successor, as the war wreaks havoc on the alliance’s doorstep, reports Reuters.
Jens Stoltenberg, former prime minister of Norway, has been the leader of the transatlantic alliance since 2014, and his mandate had already been extended twice before – once for a full term of four more years, then for another year due to the outbreak of war in Russia. His current mandate expires at the end of September.
In a tweet, Stoltenberg declared that he was honored by the decision to extend his mandate until October 1, 2024, according to News.ro.
“The transatlantic link between Europe and North America has ensured our freedom and security for nearly 75 years, and in a more dangerous world, our alliance is more important than ever,” he said.
Editor: Liviu Cojan