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.
As a member of the Hungarian delegation led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Minister of Defence István Simicskó attended the NATO Summit and had discussions with his partners in Warsaw on 8-9 July.
At the annual conference of defence, military and air attachés held in Budapest, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó announced that, in the spirit of strengthening its activity in military diplomacy, Hungary is going to open a new military attaché office in Zagreb this year, and another three in Bratislava, Prague and Skopje next year.
In Szeged on Tuesday, György Bakondi, the Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor on Homeland Security, said that “The police and members of the Hungarian Defence Force have taken great efforts to prepare for the introduction of the new border protection system, which guarantees the security of the Hungarian people and the protection of external borders”.
Hungary and Austria are ready to cooperate in the resolution of migration issues as well, the two countries’ Defence and Interior Ministers stressed on Friday in St. Martin in Burgenland where they held bilateral talks.
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