Ferenc Kajári, a major general of the Hungarian armed forces, took over the command of NATO’s KFOR mission in a formal ceremony in Pristina on Friday.
Kajári, the first Hungarian to serve as a KFOR commander overseeing troops from 20 NATO and 8 partner countries, will fulfill his duties from November 1 over a period of 12 months.
Addressing the ceremony, Kajári called it a great honor to serve in the post and stated his commitment towards continuing the work of Franco Federici, his predecessor.
Kajári said KFOR is the largest force in the region capable and ready to respond and intervene in the interest of resolving security concerns, adding that his task as KFOR chief will be working towards resolving any conflicts in the region peacefully.
Kajári served on international missions before, first in IFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996 and later as an EU adviser to the African Union’s mission to Sudan. He worked later in northern Afghanistan as chief of reconnaissance.
In the featured photo, Major General Ferenc Kajári, the first Hungarian KFOR commander, speaks at the duty handover ceremony in Pristina on October 15, 2021. Featured photo by Noémi Bruzák/MTI