In his welcome speech delivered at the military officers’ commissioning ceremony held on Saturday, 20th August outside Parliament building in Kossuth Lajos Square, Minister of Defence István Simicskó emphasized that “the Hungarian state is a fixed point in a changing world”.
Minister of Defence István Simicskó has bidden farewell in Tata to close to 500 Hungarian troops to deploy with foreign missions, and presented the personnel serving at the borders with Service Medals for Handling the Migration Crisis.
In a phone interview from Washington, Deputy Minister Tamás Vargha, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence told Hungarian News Agency MTI that “the terrorist organization named Islamic State (IS) is on the decline”.
The Defence and Law Enforcement Committee of the Hungarian National Assembly held an extramural session at the Röszke border crossing point on Monday, 19 July. The meeting was also attended by Chief of Defence Gen. Dr. Tibor Benkő.
On the evening of Friday, 15 July, due to the events in Turkey, at the request of the Commander of EUFOR (COMEUFOR), the soldiers of a maneuver company serving in Sarajevo with the Hungarian Defence Forces EUFOR Contingent (EUFOR HUNCON) entered a standby period and postponed their scheduled return home on the following day. The decision was approved by Hungarian Chief of Defence Gen. Dr. Tibor Benkő.
Interior Minister Sándor Pintér, Defence Minister István Simicskó, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka and Austrian Defence and Sports Minister Hans Peter Doskozil had a meeting on Thursday in Röszke in order to discuss the options for joint action against illegal immigration.
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