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Stoltenberg an 'excellent' choice for Nato: Cameron

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Stoltenberg an 'excellent' choice for Nato: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron holds a joint press conference with Jens Stoltenberg in 2012. Photo: Norway's Prime Minister's office
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British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday declared that former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was "an excellent" candidate for the Nato leadership, the first time the leader of a leading Nato country has made a public comment.
"I think Jens Stoltenberg would be an excellent candidate," Cameron said during Prime Minister's Questions in the UK parliament. "I've worked very closely with him and I think it would be very good to have such a candidate who has filled such a high office in his own country." 
Stoltenberg was reportedly put forward by Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, and has already won the backing of the United States. 
Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former Danish Prime Minister, is scheduled to stand down in September this year. 
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