Interior Minister Sándor Pintér and his Turkish counterpart, Süleyman Soylu, have signed a cooperation agreement on Turkish police forces aiding Hungarian border protection efforts. At an event after the signing ceremony, Minister Pintér and Soylu welcomed the other country’s policemen in their native languages. The ministry said the 50 Turkish policemen will serve at Röszke and Nagylak, on the Serbian and Romanian border, respectively.
According to MTI, Minister Pintér noted that talks on border cooperation started in November at an inter-governmental meeting of the Hungarian-Turkish high-level strategic cooperation council. Pintér and Soylu then agreed that stopping illegal migration, combatting people smuggling and reinforcing border security was a common duty, he said. Soylu proposed sending Turkish units to cooperate at the Hungarian borders, he said. Hungarian troops will be able to draw on the experiences of Turkish officers in handling illegal migration at Turkey’s eastern borders, he said. The cooperation will also boost the fight against cross-border crime, he said. Hungary and Turkey will also exchange technological know-how on the fight against cybercrime and drug-related crimes, Minister Pintér said. He thanked Soylu for Turkey’s help in preserving Hungarian and European security.
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