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Dec 06, 2018

FM: Hungary will take a larger role in NATO missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo

Péter Szijjártó said Hungary will reassign most of its troops who are soon demobilizing from the United Nations Cyprus peacekeeping mission to Afghanistan and Kosovo

Hungary’s foreign minister has revealed that the country will take a larger role in NATO missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, in line with its pledge made to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

During an official visit to Brussels on Wednesday for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, Péter Szijjártó said Hungary will reassign most of its troops who are soon demobilizing from the United Nations Cyprus peacekeeping mission to Afghanistan and Kosovo.

Minister Szijjártó said Hungary will boost its number of troops by 40 to 106 in Afghanistan and send at least an additional 60 troops to Kosovo by next summer. Hungary currently has 398 soldiers stationed in Kosovo, he added.

The foreign minister also announced that Hungary will bid for the command position of the alliance’s KFOR force in Kosovo once Italy’s commandership expires next year.