Nato has extended the mandate of its top civilian official, secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg, for two years, making the former Norwegian premier one of the longest-serving heads of the military alliance.
Mr Stoltenberg said on Thursday he is “honoured” by the decision made by the 29 allies and “I thank them for putting their trust in me”.
Honoured by the decision by the #NATO Allies to extend my term as Secretary General until 30 September 2022. Together we will continue to adapt & modernise our Alliance to keep it fit for the future: https://t.co/ybBwSDOy6z pic.twitter.com/K5CIiqRYjl— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) March 28, 2019
He said: “We face the biggest security challenges in a generation and I look forward to continue working with all allies to adapt and modernise Nato.”
Mr Stoltenberg, who assumed office in 2014, will now hold the post until September 30 2022.
Only former Dutch foreign minister Joseph Luns, who spent 13 years in office from 1971, will have served in the post longer if Mr Stoltenberg sees out his term.
- Press Association