NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (Picture: PA).
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NATO Extends Term Of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO's 29 allied countries extended his mandate by two years until 2022.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (Picture: PA).

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg started the role in 2014 (Picture: PA).

NATO allies have extended the term of Jens Stoltenberg as Secretary General.

Having assumed office in 2014, he will now continue until September 30th 2022.

The former Norwegian Prime Minister - who served as PM from 2000 to 2001, and again between 2005 and 2013 - was due to complete his tenure in 2020.

The North Atlantic Council approved the extension on Thursday.

On Twitter, Mr Stoltenberg said he was "honoured" by the decision. 

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is among those who've welcomed the news:

Mr Stoltenberg's predecessor, NATO's 12th Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, also tweeted his congratulations. 

NATO said allies have expressed their support for the Secretary General's work to adapt and modernise NATO and ensure it remains fit for the future.