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Jul 03, 2018

Chief security advisor says protecting the population is of primary importance

György Bakondi stressed the importance of protecting Hungary via a telephone statement following the UN’s High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism in New York

Hungary’s chief security advisor has said protecting the population is of primary importance.

According to MTI, György Bakondi stressed the importance of protecting Hungary via a telephone statement following the UN’s High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism in New York.

Bakondi held several bilateral meetings on the final day of the two-day conference, including meetings with the Finnish and Jordanian delegations, NATO representatives, one of the heads of the American delegation, and Vladimir Voronkov, director of the UN’s Office of Counter-Terrorism.

He said he would not go into detail concerning his meetings in view of the classified nature of what was discussed but stressed the importance of developing bilateral relations with the nations highlighted above.

Bakondi said that protecting the population is of primary importance in Hungary, and the Hungarian government regards the prevention of terrorist attacks as its most important task.

“Accordingly, with relation to the fight against terrorism it is primarily asking its partners for the information required for prevention and is itself aiding the fight partly through its experience with relation to well-established systems and through the exchange of information,” he explained.

Bakondi said that the participants of the conference had agreed to review the work completed again in two years’ time and to summarize their experience at another conference next year.

“The Hungarian standpoint is taken seriously in the fight against terrorism, our main conclusions are not argued, and Hungary is regarded as a partner in future cooperation,” Bakondi said, after becoming the first representative of a European country to be given the opportunity to make a speech at the conference.