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Hungary Lifts Veto On Rutte For NATO Secretary-General

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hold a press conference following their meeting in the government headquarters in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday

Hungary has lifted its veto on Mark Rutte becoming the next head of NATO after receiving written guarantees from the outgoing Dutch prime minister. Rutte assured Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that Hungary would not be compelled to participate in NATO's new plans to support Ukraine.

Rutte's assurances pave the way for him to potentially become the next NATO secretary-general, a crucial civilian role within the organization. This development could signal a significant display of unity within NATO and demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine, particularly as world leaders prepare to convene in Washington for a summit marking NATO's 75th anniversary.

During talks in Budapest, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reached an agreement with Orbán to ensure that Hungary would not obstruct NATO's initiatives for Ukraine. The deal stipulated that Hungary would not be required to contribute personnel or funds to the collective effort.

Orbán emphasized the importance of establishing a lasting agreement and sought confirmation from Rutte, who subsequently expressed his full support for the outcome of the discussions between Stoltenberg and Orbán.

Rutte also addressed past remarks that had caused dissatisfaction in Hungary, pledging to prioritize unity and equal treatment of all NATO allies if he assumes the role of NATO Secretary-General.

Rutte is widely favored by the majority of NATO allies, including influential members like the United States and Germany. While Turkey initially opposed Rutte's candidacy, it withdrew its objections in April.

The final obstacle to Rutte's appointment lies with the candidacy of Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, although experts believe this is unlikely to pose a significant challenge.

Stoltenberg, who has led NATO for a decade, has had his mandate extended multiple times. Despite initial plans to name his successor in 2023, no consensus was reached among NATO leaders at a recent meeting in Lithuania.

President Joe Biden commended Stoltenberg's leadership during a recent meeting, expressing a desire for him to continue in his role for another decade.

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