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Rutte's candidacy for NATO Secretary General supported by 28 countries

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has garnered support from several countries to become NATO's new Secretary-General, Paralel.Az reports citing NOS.

Sources have indicated that 28 out of 32 NATO member countries support Rutte's candidacy. Three more countries have joined them in the last 10 days. This means that four more countries need to be brought on board, as the candidacy requires unanimous support from all 32 member states.

In the coming days, foreign ministers of NATO countries will be in Brussels, where discussions on the successor to Jens Stoltenberg, who is stepping down from his post at the beginning of October, will take place on the sidelines of the summit.

Romania has its own candidate. Türkiye and Hungary have not yet announced their support for Rutte. Slovakia is named as the fourth country causing doubts.

Sources within NATO report that Rutte is negotiating with these four countries regarding his vision for NATO leadership.

Obstructionists Hungary and Slovakia will ease their opposition to Rutte if Romanian President Klaus Iohannis withdraws his candidacy, NATO circles say. Until this happens, Hungarians and Slovaks will awkwardly reject Iohannis, the only official candidate from another Eastern European country.

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