Biden says it could be time for British NATO boss - as Wallace rumoured for top job

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It could beryllium clip for a British NATO Secretary General, according to US President Joe Biden.

Amid increasing speculation that UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace wants to instrumentality implicit the apical relation erstwhile Jens Stoltenberg stands down aboriginal this year, Mr Biden was asked if helium would enactment a Briton taking the apical occupation during a press league with Rishi Sunak astatine the White House.

Mr Biden was asked: "In airy of the lukewarm words close present astir UK/US defence collaboration, peculiarly successful Ukraine, bash you deliberation it is clip for the archetypal UK Nato Secretary General successful 2 decades?"

The president replied: "Maybe, that remains to beryllium seen."

Mr Biden added: "We're going to person to get a statement wrong NATO to spot that happen.

"They person a campaigner who's a precise qualified individual... we person a batch of treatment betwixt america successful NATO, to find what the result of that volition be."

It was not wholly wide if helium meant Mr Wallace was the "very qualified individual".

If Mr Wallace is successful, helium would beryllium the archetypal British idiosyncratic to clasp the station since Baron George Robertson vacated it successful 2003.

It was expected that Rishi Sunak would marque Mr Wallace's lawsuit for the occupation to Mr Biden.

He was visiting the president successful Washington DC, wherever the brace revealed an "Atlantic Declaration" to boost economical security.

In his connection to the property from the White House, Mr Sunak highlighted the UK has consistently spent much than the NATO people for subordinate states to walk 2% of GDP connected defence.

This could beryllium seen arsenic a flimsy aimed astatine the Danish premier minister, Mette Frederiksen, who is besides said to beryllium successful the moving for the apical relation wrong the alliance.

Denmark did not conscionable the people of spending 2% of its economical output connected defence past year.

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Sunak warns confederation volition not springiness up connected Ukraine

Ms Frederiksen besides visited the United States and Mr Biden earlier this week.

Some wrong the confederation are pushing for a pistillate oregon idiosyncratic from Eastern Europe to instrumentality implicit fixed the discourse of the warfare successful Ukraine. Many of the alliance's erstwhile leaders person been Northern European men.

France reportedly wants an EU campaigner to instrumentality over.

The enactment of the caller caput wide usually takes spot down the scenes.

Mr Sunak besides made the lawsuit for Mr Wallace to instrumentality connected the relation portion astatine the G7 acme successful Hiroshima, Japan, past month.

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However, it has not been an overly explicit campaign.

The premier curate told ITV astatine the time: "I cognize he's wide respected by his peers for the relation that helium has played.

"He's focused close present connected supporting Ukraine. He's doing a large occupation of that."

Meanwhile, Mr Wallace said: "I've ever said it would beryllium a bully job. That's a occupation I'd like.

"But I'm besides loving the occupation I bash now."

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The caput wide relation "is a fantastic occupation and NATO is an incredibly important portion of each our securities," helium added.

"But it's not for maine to decide. It's for each the different allies," Mr Wallace said.

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