Prime Minister supports Jens Stoltenberg as new NATO chief 

Erna Solberg, the Norwegian Prime Minister.

“Jens has several good qualities,” says Prime Minister Erna Solberg. She thinks it is positive for Norwegian politics if Stoltenberg is named NATO’s new Secretary General.

It is an advantage both for Norway and for Jens Stoltenberg that his name is mentioned in these speculations, says Solberg about the rumours published by Aftenposten that former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will inherit the position as Secretary General from Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Solberg thinks that Stoltenberg is viewed as a strong candidate because he is well-qualified and admired by other top leders in western politics. “Stoltenberg is a person with many good qualities. He is a consensus-oriented politician.”

The Prime Minister is in the Hague, participating in the NATO summit along with more than half of the other member countries. Solberg will meet American president Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. All of them are powerful leaders who have expressed that they would like Stoltenberg to take over the job as Secretary General.

These leaders view Stoltenberg as a good candidate because of of his long time serving as the Prime Minister of Norway, and his participation on an international scene,” Solberg explains. From a political perspective is would be positive for Norway to have a secretary general in NATO that is familiar with Norwegian territory and surrounding areas.

Most likely the new Secretary General will be announced during the Minister of Foreign Affairs-meeting in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday.

(NRK)

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