Speaking in the opening session of the two-day NATO Transformation Seminar on Wednesday in Budapest, Minister of Defence István Simicskó said that NATO is “the guarantee of security”, and the member states “must think together in order to come up with efficient answers” to the challenges.
The four border protection bases which will serve to accommodate the members of the defence forces taking part in the protection of the southern border have been completed. The last facility was inaugurated in Hercegszántó on Monday.
After holding discussions in Zagreb with his Croatian host Damir Krsticevic, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó stated that the relationship between Croatia and Hungary is based on common interest, which must be strengthened and protected as effectively as possible.
Speaking at the jubilee celebration held on Thursday in Budapest to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hungarian Atlantic Council, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó emphasized that we must do more for our security, and the transatlantic relations are a key factor in this regard.
On Tuesday, 28 February, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó received Polish ambassador Jerzy Snopek on a courtesy call in Budapest. The ambassador presented his letter of credence to President of Hungary János Áder in November 2016.
On Tuesday in Budapest Parliamentary State Secretary Tamás Vargha received a delegation from the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Speaking in the program of TV channel M1 on Monday evening, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó pointed out that the Hungarian Defence Forces must be strengthened not only because of NATO but also for our own self-esteem and the security of Hungarian citizens.
“The goals of the new government of the United States confirm the correctness of Hungarian security policy thinking, it became apparent at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC)”, Minister of Defence István Simicskó highlighted on Sunday with regard to the meeting in the Bavarian capital in a telephone statement to Hungarian news agency MTI.
Speaking to Hungarian journalists during a two-day Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence in Brussels, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó stated that the American approach to the fight against terrorism and to crisis management at multiple hot spots is reassuring to Hungary, because it is largely the same as Hungary’s position.
Speaking at the annual assessment and tasking conference of leaders of the Hungarian Defence Forces, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó emphasized that the goal is to ensure that the Hungarian Defence Forces become a major military force in the region by 2026.