Paris, 5 July 2023 (TDI): On July 4, 2023, the extension of NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s term was announced, eliciting congratulations from Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna.

Stoltenberg’s term will now continue until October 1, 2024.

As per the statement by the French foreign ministry, amid the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, Jens Stoltenberg has exhibited remarkable leadership, successfully maintaining unity within the Alliance and adapting to evolving threats.

Moreover, his ability to effectively and responsibly address new challenges to Euro-Atlantic security has been widely acknowledged.

France, expressing its unwavering commitment, is determined to continue collaborating closely with the secretary-general. This commitment will be demonstrated at the upcoming Vilnius Summit, scheduled for July 11 and 12.

The summit holds immense significance as it presents a crucial opportunity to garner long-term support for Ukraine, adapt the Alliance to the changing security landscape, and foster enhanced cooperation between NATO and the European Union.

Minister Catherine Colonna emphasized the importance of this extended term for Jens Stoltenberg, recognizing his exceptional leadership qualities and his pivotal role in navigating NATO through these challenging times.

She said that his experience, expertise, and dedication will be instrumental in furthering the objectives and interests of the alliance.

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She also affirmed that with his leadership, the alliance can maintain its collective strength, effectively address threats, and work towards ensuring the security and well-being of member nations.

The announcement of Stoltenberg’s extended term comes at a crucial juncture for NATO, as it strives to adapt to evolving security challenges and maintain cohesion among its member states.

The Vilnius Summit, in particular, will serve as a platform to discuss and strategize on critical matters that directly impact Euro-Atlantic security.

The collaboration between NATO and the EU will also be a focal point during Stoltenberg’s extended term. By advancing cooperation between these two entities, the aim is to enhance the collective security of the Euro-Atlantic region and effectively address emerging threats.