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Áder Addresses NATO Celebration

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.03.12.

Hungary’s accession to NATO twenty years ago was a political and strategic decision but also an acknowledgement of the country’s role in dismantling the Iron Curtain, Hungarian President János Áder told a conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s, Poland’s and Hungary’s accession to the alliance on March 12, 1999.

Presidents Andrzej Duda of Poland, Miloš Zeman of the Czech Republic and Andrej Kiska of Slovakia also addressed the event in the Prague Castle.

Hungary has “earned” its accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance, Áder said in his address.

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In the years since, Hungary has proven that it is “not merely a beneficiary but a resource and a contributor to NATO”, Áder said.

“We have learnt that preserving security cannot be done passively,” Áder said. This is one of the reasons why Hungary invests into renewing its armed forces and increasing its efficiency, he said.

featured image via MTI/Zsolt Szigetváry