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Feb 20, 2017

New US administration agrees with Hungary's defense strategy

“The goals of the new government of the United States confirm the correctness of Hungarian security policy thinking, it became apparent at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC)," Hungary's defense minister said

The United States agrees that Hungary "views the world correctly, are interpreting the dangers correctly and has an accurate idea of the required solutions”, according to István Simicskó, minister of Defense.

The minister said that the remarks delivered by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the speech by Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) confirmed that fact.

“The goals of the new government of the United States confirm the correctness of Hungarian security policy thinking, it became apparent at the conference," the minister added.

“The U.S. and Hungary also have very similar views with regard to reinforcing NATO and the fight against radical Islamism," Simicskó pointed out, highlighting the fact that more effective action against the Islamic State terrorist organization can be expected in the new future.

“This increases the risk of new waves of refugees, and accordingly Europe and NATO must take on a greater military role in crisis zones to ensure the safety of European citizens and to enable people in the affected regions to remain at home and maintain an existence on site through peacekeeping," the minister said.

According to MTI, Simicskó stressed that this is also something in which Hungarian and U.S. standpoints coincide, and therefore the Munich Security Conference represents a “positive experience” for the Hungarian government.

In relation to the fact that in her speech at the conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the reinforcement of Europe’s defense capabilities, the Hungarian defense minister said, “this also confirms the correctness of Hungary’s security policies," he added.