The Hungarian government is taking ISIS’s threat to the country seriousy and is “analysing and following the situation”, György Bakondi, the Prime Minister’s chief national security advisor, said at a Budapest press conference.
This is not the first instance that Hungary has “appeared in traces” in a statament by the terror group, Mr. Bakondi said.
Dr. György Bakondi, chief national security advisor to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI)
Two statements have been published on the Middle Eastern terror group’s website, one which contains threats to the United States and another that is a warning to Europe. The latter features Hungary by name, he explained.
He emphasised that Hungary is taking this peace of information seriously and is analysing and evaluating the threat, just as all important data concerning national security, revealing that Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér has initiated a five-party discussion on the country’s counter-terror action plan. In relation to this, Mr. Bakondi called upon opposition parties to “move away from day-to-day politics” and support important steps aimed at the security of Hungarian citizens.
However, the threat will have no effect on the terror alert level in place in Hungary, which will remain at 3 on a scale from 1 to 4 where 4 is the weakest, he said. Between last Tuesday and yesterday, the level was raised to second-degree but nothing currently suggests that the higher level has to be restored, Mr. Bakondi said.