Rishi Sunak to use US trip to lobby for Ben Wallace to become next Nato head
Rishi Sunak to use US trip to lobby for Ben Wallace to become next Nato head

London: In a bid to persuade US President Joe Biden to back UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace's bid for the position of new NATO Secretary General, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak may do so during his next visit to the US from June 8 to 10.

On the sidelines of the recent meeting the leaders of the G7 countries in Japan's Hiroshima, Sunak has already brought up the subject of Wallace's appointment to the position of Secretary General of the alliance, according to the report.

Wallace is well-liked in the US government as a result of his key role in forming a global alliance to assist Ukraine and a rise in the nation's defence spending to 2.25% of GDP, according to the article.

According to the source, France and Germany might not be in favour of Wallace's candidature for the position of NATO Secretary General. The article also stated that a number of NATO members may support Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's bid.

The current NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was scheduled to step down on October 1, 2022, but the heads of NATO member states voted to extend his term until September 30, 2023 in March of that same year.

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