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Jan 08, 2020

Hungarian Armed Forces monitoring Iranian-US situation and are ready to take action

Tibor Benkő said that despite recent developments, the highest security alert has not yet been introduced for Hungarian soldiers stationed in Iraq.

The defense minister has announced that the Hungarian Armed Forces are monitoring the Iranian-US situation and are ready to take any necessary action regarding the Iraqi mission. Tibor Benkő said the military is also ready for evacuation if necessary.

According to MTI, the minister stressed the need to pay increased attention to the security of soldiers. A few Hungarians in Iraq are involved in the NATO training and advisory mission and a larger number are represented in the mission of the grand coalition against the Islamic State. So far only the training mission has been suspended.

Benkő said that despite recent developments, the highest security alert has not yet been introduced for Hungarian soldiers stationed in Iraq. He said Hungary had signed a cooperation agreement with Iraq, and unless its soldiers are asked to be withdrawn, they will continue their mission in that country.

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