Wallace, a former captain within the British Military, is seen as a number one contender to switch Jens Stoltenberg who will retire as NATO secretary-general in October after two phrases.
Sunak is reportedly set to personally foyer US President Joe Biden to again Wallace for the function, throughout a go to to Washington Wednesday and Thursday.
The US is the dominant pressure throughout the 31-member navy alliance, and its endorsement is essential for whoever takes the highest job.
Requested whether or not he would push in Washington for Wallace’s appointment, Sunak didn’t instantly reply however heaped reward on his 53-year-old cupboard colleague.
“Ben does a incredible job. He is a superb defence secretary,” he informed reporters, noting that conversations across the NATO function have been “taking place amongst leaders”.
“Ben is extensively revered amongst his colleagues world wide,” he added, earlier than detailing Britain’s outstanding function throughout the navy alliance.
Wallace has travelled extensively as defence secretary and enjoys a simple rapport in public with US officers, after taking a outstanding function responding to the struggle in Ukraine.
Final month he appeared to point out an curiosity within the NATO publish, telling German information company DPA that it is “a job I would like”.
Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen — who meets Biden in Washington on Monday — can also be considered within the operating, and would turn out to be NATO’s first lady chief if chosen.
However jap European nations have by no means been represented within the prime job, and are lobbying for certainly one of their very own to take the NATO helm.