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Hungarian Foreign Minister: NATO Needs To Adapt To Combat Evolving Crises Effectively

Tamás Székely 2015.05.14.

Resolving issues in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Iran is crucial if NATO is to effectively focus on fighting Islamic State, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said. Attending a two-day meeting of his NATO counterparts in Antalya, Turkey, he said the participants were in agreement that the upsurge of IS has created a new security environment to which NATO must adapt.

But that requires resolving the situation in Ukraine, stabilising Afghanistan and reaching a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme. Concerning Ukraine, Szijjártó said Hungary welcomes the restart of negotiations between the United States and Russia, as pragmatic cooperation between the two sides is a global interest.

He said stabilising the situation in Afghanistan was highly important and the defence capabilities of the Afghan security forces should be further strengthened, adding that in 2015-2017 Hungary would provide 1.5 million US dollars for the purpose. In connection with Iran, he said that a final agreement on Tehran’s nuclear programme should be concluded by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and Iran no later than the end of June.

via hungarymatters.hu photo: Márton Kovács – kormany.hu / MTI