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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday it remains to be seen whether it’s time for a British secretary general of NATO, adding that the organization’s allies need to discuss candidates for the leadership role.

During a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the White House, Biden was asked if it’s time for a British NATO secretary general. He responded: “Maybe.”

Sunak had been expected to try to win Biden’s backing for defense minister Ben Wallace’s bid to become the next NATO chief.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; writing by Jasper Ward; editing by Tim Ahmann)

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