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Jan 22, 2021

Defense Minister: Hungary’s army development program must continue during pandemic

The minister said pressure of migration is increasing on the southern borders, with an increasing number of migrants trying to enter Hungary illegally.

 

Defense Minister Tibor Benkő said Hungary’s army development program must continue in order to guarantee the security of the country and the people, notwithstanding the army resources required to combat the coronavirus crisis.

According to MTI, Minister Benkő said the army contributes to protective efforts against the coronavirus epidemic, with nearly 1,400 soldiers assisting in the operation of 29 hospitals and 93 other health institutions. He said soldiers carry out disinfection tasks and also help the police protect the border.

The minister said pressure of migration is increasing on the southern borders, with an increasing number of migrants trying to enter Hungary illegally. When Hungary joined NATO, it made a commitment to participate in international cooperation frameworks. As part of this, soldiers get trained on international know-how and methodology, he said.

In recent years, nearly 1,000 officers participated in various international training schemes and educational programs to meet the requirements of their positions, he concluded. 

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