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Outgoing Dutch PM to Replace Jens Stoltenberg as Next NATO Chief

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Outgoing Dutch PM to Replace Jens Stoltenberg as Next NATO Chief

Mark Rutte, the Netherlands’ outgoing prime minister, will be NATO’s 14th secretary general after the alliance’s ambassadors approved his appointment during a recent meeting in Brussels, Belgium. His journey to become NATO chief has met numerous obstacles, but an Associated Press report cites observers who say the Dutch statesman’s diplomatic skills helped secure his bid.

In a statement, Jens Stoltenberg, the incumbent chief, said Rutte is a “true trans-Atlanticist, a strong leader and a consensus-builder.” The Norwegian politician also wished Rutte success in every endeavor as NATO addresses a wide range of existing and future issues. The new NATO head will officially assume the role on Oct. 1.

Stoltenberg departs the role after a decade.

The responsibilities of a NATO secretary general include heading committee hearings, leading consultations among member countries, and ensuring the implementation of decisions approved by its 32 members.

Rutte’s early days in office are expected to be filled with several challenges, among them sustaining support for Ukraine as it fights against the Russian invasion and balancing its relations with Moscow.

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