Hungary will increase its military contribution to missions in countries “crucial in terms of migration and terrorism”, Istvan Szabo, state secretary of defence, told military attaches at their annual meeting on Tuesday.
Szabo noted the heightened threat of terrorism across the world and drew a link to “illegal mass migration”. He also warned of increasing religious radicalism. No improvement in the crisis zones where most migrants come from is discernable, he said.
Migration pressure on Hungary, however, has eased due to government measures, the state secretary added. “It is easy to verify that Hungary has become one of the safest countries in the world,” he said.
Concerning international military cooperation, Szabo noted the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy France, and Austria as Hungary’s most important partners. He also noted opportunities in military technology cooperation with Sweden. He added that regional cooperation with the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, the three other Visegrad countries, “has never been as strong as today”.