Defense Minister Tibor Benkő has met with Jaroslav Nad’, his Slovak counterpart, to discuss the issues regarding regional defense.
According to MTI, Minister Benkő said after the two-day meeting that the Slovak and Hungarian governments saw the challenges “in the world and Europe” similarly and intended to cooperate in dealing with them. He said both countries had taken strides forward in military development, and they discussed their joint implementation as well as signing an agreement on joint aerial surveillance.
The minister said that during the coronavirus pandemic, the Slovak and Hungarian armed forces have almost identical roles. Soldiers have had a presence in hospitals and enforced border closures and other government regulations, he said. As the epidemic has not run its course yet, it is important to step up cooperation, he added.
Nad’ said the talks touched on the two countries’ roles within the European Union, NATO, the Visegrad Group as well as bilateral ties. Nad' said Slovakia is ready to cooperate in the preparation of the central European security command center Hungary is planning to establish.
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