British Prime Minister Rishi Sunack will use a trip to the United States to lobby the country’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace to become the next head of NATO, The Telegraph reported.
Wallace has already expressed that he is interested in the post of Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance when it becomes vacant in September. Sunak, on the other hand, on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Hiroshima last month, campaigned for a British defence minister to head NATO, the newspaper said.
The British prime minister will spend two days in Washington and meet US President Joe Biden at the White House this week. They will discuss cooperation in economics, trade, science and technology.
Wallace admitted to German media last month that he would have liked the post of NATO secretary general.
“I always said it would be a good job. A job I would have liked. But I also like the job I am doing now,” the British defence minister told the DPA news agency.
On 31 May, the Spanish online newspaper El Espaniol reported that NATO would wait for the outcome of the Spanish elections scheduled for 23 July to name a new secretary general of the alliance. According to the report, this is due to the fact that NATO is seriously considering the candidacy of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
Previously, the successor to current secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg was expected to be announced at the NATO summit in Vilnius on 11-12 July. It is now speculated that the announcement of the successor may be delayed.
On 24 May, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had to deny media reports of a possible role for the NATO secretary general. She said she had no plans to take Stoltenberg’s place.
On 15 May, Stoltenberg himself said he had no plans to stay on as secretary general after the end of his term, even if an offer was made.