Hungary Has Significant Role in NATO, Says Foreign Minister

  • 14 Jun 2021 9:16 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Hungary Has Significant Role in NATO, Says Foreign Minister
Hungary’s role in NATO is more significant than ever, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said ahead of a summit of the North-Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Hungary is slated to take over the leadership of KFOR, NATO’s operation in Kosovo and the alliance’s largest operation on land, in November, he noted.

Hungary has raised the number of its troops to 500 men in Kosovo and has pledged to coordinate KFOR staff’s vaccination against the coronavirus, he said.

Meanwhile, it is providing ventilators for its “partners in the east and south” through NATO’s coronavirus relief fund, Szijjártó said. Hungary will also play a leading role in a joint air defence operation in the Baltic states next year, he said.

Honouring a commitment made at the 2014 NATO summit, Hungary will raise its defence spending to 2% of GDP by 2024, Szijjártó said.

Defence spending will come to 1.6% of GDP in 2021 and 1.87% in 2022, he added.

The summit is held at a time of shifting political and economic relations which warrant a new approach from the alliance, Szijjártó said.

“Those changes have significant security aspects, and so Hungary supports the new NATO 2030 strategy,” he said.

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