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President Ghani, Dr. Abdullah congratulate extension of NATO’s chief mandate

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KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah have commended Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg over the extension of his term as NATO chief.
President Ghani tweeted: “Congratulations Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the extension of your term. By keeping their faith in you, NATO allies have made a tremendous decision to modernize the alliance.”
“With your continued support (SG Stoltenberg) Afghanistan will emerge a stronger ally in our strategic partnership,” president Ghani wrote.
The extension of NATO Secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg’s mandate was a testament to his impressive leadership in ensuring NATO’s responsiveness to imperatives of global security, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah also said in a tweet.
“We value our partnership with NATO, and congratulate our friend for the well-deserved recognition,” he added.
On Thursday, NATO allies agreed to extend Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s term by a further two years until late 2022.  ”I am honored by the decision by the NATO allies to extend my term as Secretary General until 30 September 2022,” Stoltenberg said in a tweet.
Stoltenberg, 60, who took up the post on Oct. 1 2014, thanked the allies for putting their trust in him and said: “We face the biggest security challenges in a generation and I look forward to continue working with all allies to adapt and modernize NATO.”
“Allies expressed their support for the secretary general’s work to adapt and modernize NATO and ensure it remains fit for the future,” NATO’s 29 government said in a statement.
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