Recent events in France and the terrorist attacks in Vienna have shown that preparations need to be made to maintain peace, security and stability, Defence Minister Tibor Benkő said on Tuesday, after talks with his Slovenian counterpart in Budapest.
Referring to recent killings in France and the armed attacks in Vienna on Monday evening, Benkő said Hungary had started upgrading its armed forces to protect life in Hungary from being overshadowed by threats of terrorist attacks. “We cannot allow our children and grandchildren to grow up in such an environment,” he told a joint press conference.
Slovenian Defence Minister Matej Tonin congratulated “the minister and his team” for their achievements in military development.
Tonin said the ministers also discussed cooperation in setting up an army hospital in Mali, in north Africa, “a source of migration” and so an important factor in European stability and peace.
Slovenia is ready to supply equipment and technological background, while Hungary would be one of the countries sending medical staff, Tonin said.
Benkő said Hungary was looking into possibilities to participate in the project. Hungary wants to strengthen its presence in north Africa, especially in the Sahel region, which is fighting problems with direct effect on Hungary and Europe, he said.
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