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    NATO Again Extends Stoltenberg’s Mandate, Happy With a Safe Pair of Hands as the War Drags on

    NATO Again Extends Stoltenberg's Mandate, Happy With a Safe Pair of Hands as the War Drags on

    (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will stay in office for another year, the 31-nation alliance decided on Tuesday.

    Stoltenberg said in a tweet that he is “honoured by NATO Allies' decision to extend my term as Secretary General until 1 October 2024.”

    “The transatlantic bond between 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.

    Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister, has been NATO's top civilian official since 2014. His term had been due to expire last year but was extended then to keep a steady hand at the helm after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

    U.S. President Joe Biden and his NATO counterparts had been due to name a successor when they meet in Vilnius, , on July 11-12. But the world's biggest security organization makes decisions by consensus, and no agreement could be found on a new candidate.

    “With his steady leadership, experience, and judgement, Secretary General Stoltenberg has brought our Alliance through the most significant challenges in European security since World War II,” Biden said in a statement. “Today, our Alliance is stronger, more united and purposeful than it has ever been.”

    Stoltenberg's fellow countryman, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, welcomed the news, saying that…

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