Speaking on the InfoRádió programme “Aréna” on Monday evening, Minister of Defence István Simicskó emphasised that “The Hungarian Defence Forces also have a mission to show their strength”. In his opinion, showcasing the capacity of the state to take action serves as a deterrent to terrorists.
At a press briefing held after the annual assessment and tasking conference for leaders of the Hungarian Defence Forces, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó stated that “the Government of Hungary will not compromise the security of Hungarians, and that is the most important thing”.
On Friday, while addressing the military attachés accredited to Budapest on the occasion of the New Year in the capital, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó said that “soldiers serve peace and security around the world, and that’s why civilians must respect the members of the armed forces”.
In an interview Hungarian daily Magyar Hírlap published on Thursday, 14 January, the Minister of Defence said that “there will be changes in the functioning of the Ministry of Defence, because this is the only way to achieve our two main goals: to increase speed and to reduce bureaucracy”.
On Tuesday, 12 January, on the initiative of Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó, the representatives of parliamentary groups held discussions in the Ministry of Defence about the legislative amendments to be made in the interest of strengthening Hungary’s defence and security and about the tasks of the Hungarian Defence Forces.
On Wednesday, 9 December – during a discussion with his Czech counterpart held in the Hódmezővásárhely barracks – Hungarian Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó stated that ensuring the widest possible scope and effectiveness of cooperation among the Visegrád countries (V4) is Hungary’s strategic interest.
Speaking at an international NATO conference held in the Hungarian Parliament on Friday, 27 November, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó said that “in the face of 21st century challenges, NATO has welded into an alliance not only of interests but also of values”.
On the morning of Wednesday, 25 November – the Memorial Day of Hungarian Political Prisoners and Forced Labourers Transported to the Soviet Union – a moment of silence was observed and a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the memorial stone of the victims of Gulags in Budapest.
The Hungarian Defence Forces are providing for the special protection of foreign military personnel in Hungary in an organised effort, Tibor Benkő, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces told the Hungarian News Agency MTI on Saturday.
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