Hungary Vows To Increase NATO Contributions

  • 12 Jul 2018 8:45 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Hungary Vows To Increase NATO Contributions
Hungary has embarked on a comprehensive military reform with a view to producing a regionally competitive army. It has recently ordered new helicopters for some 100 billion forints (EUR 308m), FM Szijjártó also said.

Hungary’s military development scheme dubbed Zrínyi 2026 will enable it to honour its pledge to increase its defence spending to 2% of GDP, the minister added. Szijjártó said Hungary will fortify its contingent of 117 troops in Afghanistan by another 12 soldiers.

Hungary will join NATO’s training mission in Iraq aimed at preparing that country’s security forces for protecting the territories that have been taken back from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

Hungary will expand its role in the international fight against IS by increasing the number of Hungarian soldiers serving in Iraq from 167 to 200, Szijjártó said.

It will also expand its contingent serving in the KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo to 390 soldiers, the minister said.

MTI Photo: Botár Gergely

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