Nato agrees to extend consensus-builder Jens Stoltenberg’s term by a year

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BRUSSELS – Nato decided on Tuesday to extend secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg’s contract by a further year, opting to stick with an experienced leader as war rages on the alliance’s doorstep rather than try to agree on a successor.

Mr Stoltenberg, 64, is widely seen across the alliance as a steady leader and patient consensus-builder.“The transatlantic bond 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 noted.

Mr Stoltenberg’s next tasks include overseeing a transformation of Nato forces to refocus on defending against any Russian attack, after decades in which the alliance concentrated on missions beyond its borders, such as in Afghanistan and the Balkans. However, some Nato officials felt this year would be the right time to bring in fresh leadership, and Mr Stoltenberg said in February he was not seeking a further extension.

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