Stoltenberg an ‘excellent’ choice for Nato: Cameron

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
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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