Media: Türkiye supports Rutte as next NATO Secretary-General

Media: Türkiye supports Rutte as next NATO Secretary-General
# 29 April 2024 14:31 (UTC +04:00)

Türkiye will become the 29th member of NATO to support Prime Minister Mark Rutte as the next secretary-general of the military alliance, source close to NATO confirmed to both NOS and ANP, APA reports.

Rutte visited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday to shore up support for his bid to take over for Jens Stoltenberg when he steps down later this year.

Note that Türkiye is one of four NATO countries that have not yet backed Rutte publicly. Rutte needs unanimous support from all 32 NATO countries to win the job.

Aside from Romania, Rutte has yet to win over Hungary and Slovakia. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said he will not be swayed to support Rutte’s candidacy.

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