Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Italian defence minister pumps Franco Frattini to head NATO


(ANSA) - Brussels, October 10 - Italian Defense Minister
Giampaolo Di Paolo promoted former foreign minister Franco
Frattini to be named the next secretary-general of NATO on
Di Paolo told journalists in Brussels on Wednesday that the
allied countries "recognize" Italy's role in NATO and support
the "very strong" candidacy of Frattini to follow Denmark's
Anders Fogh Rasmussen as NATO's new chief.
Frattini is a center-right politician from the Peopld of
Freedom (PdL) party of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, under whom
he served from 2002 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2011.
Frattini was European commissioner for justice, freedom and
security from 2004 to 2008.
Rasmussen's term as general secretary was due to end soon
but was recently extended by a year.
Di Paola spoke at the end of a meeting of ministers held in
NATO headquarters in Brussels.

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