Stoltenberg to stay on as NATO chief for an extra year

  • 2022-03-24
  • LETA/TBT Staff

BRUSSELS - In light of the war in Ukraine, NATO leaders at a summit in Brussels on Thursday extended the mandate of Jens Stoltenberg as the Alliance's Secretary-General for an extra year. 

"Honored by the decision of NATO heads of state and government to extend my term as secretary general until September 30, 2023. As we face the biggest security crisis in a generation, we stand united to keep our alliance strong and our people safe," Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter.

The 63-year-old former Norwegian prime minister had been due to return to his homeland to head the central bank before the end of the year. But Norwegian finance minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum confirmed that Stoltenberg had resigned from the post before even taking it up because of the "dramatic situation in Europe".