Hungary is expanding defence cooperation with Bosnia-Herzegovina, the defence ministers of the two countries said in Budapest on Friday.
Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina face many of the same problems, challenges and risks, and they envisage possible solutions similarly, Hungarian Defence Minister Tibor Benkő told a joint press conference after talks with his counterpart, Marina Pendes.
Although not a European Union or NATO member state, Bosnia-Herzegovina “pulls its weight in peacekeeping missions in an exemplary fashion,” Benko said, thanking Pendes, her ministry and officers for their contributions.
The present agreement is a significant step forward in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s NATO accession process, Benkő said. Hungary’s know-how will be used to develop the plan to advance those aspirations, he said, adding that peace and stability in the Western Balkans is of primary importance to Hungary.
Pendes told the press conference that NATO and EU member Hungary’s experience would be “indispensable” in realising Bosnia-Herzegovina’s aspiration to join the alliance. The expanded cooperation agreement is an important step in regional cooperation because Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina will now face challenges such as illegal migration and the illegal gun trade as a united front, she added.
In the featured photo Marina Pendes and Tibor Benkő. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI