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Dec 05, 2019

FM: NATO crucial to fight increasing threat of terrorism

The foreign minister has said preserving NATO as the world’s most successful defense alliance is essential, especially now that terrorists are mounting fresh challenges by adapting new technologies.

The foreign minister has said preserving NATO as the world’s most successful defense alliance is essential, especially now that terrorists are mounting fresh challenges by adapting new technologies.

On the sidelines of the 70th anniversary NATO summit in London, Péter Szijjártó said illegal migration is on the rise once again, especially in the Western Balkans. This enhances the threat posed by terrorist organizations, he added.

According to MTI, the minister highlighted how waves of uncontrolled illegal migration offer terrorist organizations opportunities to spread extremist ideologies all over the world “along with terrorists themselves”. So NATO should focus on developments in the south as well as in the east, he added.

Minister Szijjártó said Hungary agrees that NATO should adapt to new challenges and that it needs new equipment to find solutions.

As contributions to that goal, Hungary will raise its Kosovo contingent by 100 to almost 500, thus bolstering the fight against terrorism on the Western Balkans, he said. Hungary will also add an additional 80 troops to the 110 serving in Afghanistan “to fight the spreading of extremist ideologies and violence in the region” and continue to support Afghan security and defense forces.

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