London: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak His defense secretary Ben Wallace hailed him as “brilliant” and admired around the world on Monday, suggesting he is firmly behind his bid to become secretary general of the US-led NATO military alliance.
Sunak will meet Joe Biden this week, the fourth meeting in as many months, and is expected to try to win the US leader’s support for appointing Wallace to NATO’s top post when it is due to open at the end of September.
Asked about Wallace’s candidacy, Sunak told a news conference: “On NATO, Ben is a fantastic defense minister. There is a public conversation about this among world leaders and I’m sure it will continue.”
“Ben is admired among his colleagues all over the world. Britain has always been a major contributor to NATO, and has delivered on its 2% commitment. We have been leaders in NATO operations, and are seen as a thought leader.”
Wallace said earlier this month that he “wouldn’t say no if offered” the job, but as some governments push for the appointment of the first female NATO secretary-general, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen also emerges as a serious contender.
Sunak is due in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday, a trip the British leader hopes will boost trade ties between Britain and the United States, as well as continue their leadership in support of Ukraine.


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