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Dec 11, 2018

Defense Minister: The security of the western Balkans is extremely important for Hungary

Tibor Benkő visited Hungarian troops in Bosnia and Herzegovina last week and also held talks with his counterpart, Marina Pendes

The defense minister has said the security of the western Balkans is extremely important for Hungary.

Tibor Benkő visited Hungarian troops in Bosnia and Herzegovina last week and also held talks with his counterpart, Marina Pendes.

During an interview on public TV channel M1 on Monday, Benkő said Pendes praised Hungarian peace-keepers for their performance, as well as asked Hungary’s support in her country’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

When asked about the upgrade of the Hungarian air force, Benkő noted the government decision on November 29, 2016, to purchase a pool of five new aircraft in two phases. He said the purchase of two aircraft for transporting troops and another two multipurpose small aircraft had already taken place, adding that another three aircraft for combat airborne operation would also be purchased later on.