Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said France can count on Hungary’s cooperation in the Takuba mission in Mali to strengthen security and reduce migration from the region, “as long as the risks are reasonably manageable”.
Speaking in Brussels after a meeting of the seven European states participating in the international task force, the minister said extremist ideologies and terrorism are inducing migration waves from the Sahel which is why building peace and security in the region is in Hungary’s strategic and national security interest. This endeavor requires military presence as well, Minister Szijjártó said, according to a statement by the foreign ministry. A 12-strong Hungarian unit is already in Mali, working to prepare the arrival of an 80-strong Hungarian contingent in the spring, he said. “Our position is that migration waves from Africa should be stopped rather than encouraged, and security needs to be improved [in the region] in order to achieve that,” the minister said.
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