Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said today he has not ruled out becoming head of the NATO defense alliance.
The position of NATO secretary general is “very interesting”, Rutte told Dutch radio on Saturday.
Rutte, who plans to leave domestic politics after the Dutch elections in November following the fall of his government in July, has previously said he is not interested in taking on an international role as important as that of leader of the NATO.
But on Saturday, Rutte said that as head of the defense alliance he “could still contribute.”
Rutte, one of Europe’s longest-serving leaders, has been linked to a number of important posts, including that of NATO.
Jens Stoltenberg, who has led NATO since 2014, agreed this summer to stay in this post until October 2024.