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Jan 09, 2020

PM Orbán reassures public that Hungarian troops are safe in Iraq

The prime minister said a high-ranking officer has arrived in Iraq and is now in command of the Hungarian mission.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has reassured the country that Hungarian troops serving in Iraq are “as safe as soldiers can be”.

During his year-opening press conference on Thursday, the prime minister said some of the military bases with Hungarian soldiers have suffered missile attacks, adding that none of them have been injured. He added that a high-ranking officer has arrived in Iraq and is now in command of the Hungarian mission.

PM Orbán said all conditions are in place to evacuate the Hungarian troops, if necessary, adding that the Hungarian soldiers are in Iraq on the basis of a bilateral agreement, and they will “continue meeting their obligations” until the Iraqi government terminates that accord.

The prime minister said Hungary’s foreign minister is scheduled to attend a meeting with his EU counterparts on Friday in an effort to agree on a joint European position on the conflict.

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