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Feb 14, 2018

Hungary's FM attends global coalition set up to defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization

Hungary's foreign minister said that Middle East stability is also in Hungary’s interest because “no matter what happens in this region, it will have an almost immediate effect on Europe’s security"

Hungary's foreign minister has attended the global coalition set up to defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization in Kuwait.

During his visit, Péter Szijjártó held bilateral talks with counterparts from Iraq, Turkey, Malaysia, Slovenia, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

According to MTI, the minister said that he had agreed with his Iraqi counterpart on Baghdad granting visas to all members of a Hungarian contingent to arrive in Iraq to replace the current contingent.

He added that Hungary has increased the number of soldiers stationed in Iraq from 150 to 200 and the new soldiers are scheduled to arrive there in late February.

The two ministers also agreed that Hungary will offer medical treatment to twenty Iraqi soldiers wounded in fighting against IS. Hungary will again offer a training course on bomb disposal to members of the Iraqi army this year.

Minister Szijjártó and his Saudi Arabian counterpart discussed the Middle East peace process and conflicts in the Arab Gulf. The foreign minister said that the region’s stability is also in Hungary’s interest because “no matter what happens in this region, it will have an almost immediate effect on Europe’s security.”