Stoltenberg agrees to stay on as NATO chief, resigns from position of Norway’s central bank governor 

Jens StoltenbergPhoto: AP Photo
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Jens Stoltenberg has agreed to stay at the helm of NATO for an additional year. At the same time, he is resigning from his job as head of Norges Bank.

The decision to extend Stoltenberg’s term was taken at an urgent summit in NATO on Thursday.

“Today, I have agreed to continue (working) as Secretary-General of NATO. We are facing a fateful time for European security. 

“I am grateful for the trust that NATO’s heads of state and government have shown me, and will devote all my attention to leading the Alliance through this demanding time,” Stoltenberg noted in a comment sent by SMS to NTB via his press adviser.

“At the same time, I have informed the Ministry of Finance that I am resigning from my position as central bank governor. NATO needs a Secretary-General who is not on his way somewhere else, especially now,” he added.

“I would, of course, like to see Jens Stoltenberg become our next central bank governor, but we are in the middle of a dramatic situation in Europe, and I have a great understanding that he prioritizes continuing the important role he has in NATO,” Minister of Finance Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (SP) said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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