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President Áder Visits Kosovo Troops on 20th Anniversary of KFOR Mission

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.12.10.

President János Áder on Tuesday visited the Hungarian troops stationed in Kosovo, marking the 20th anniversary of Hungary’s involvement in NATO’s peacekeeping mission in the country.

Hungary’s 21st contingent, some 200 troops, is part of a NATO operation comprising 20 NATO member states and 8 partner states, Áder noted. Hungary joined the mission in 1999, he said.

The region’s stability is still dependent on NATO units as conflicts have not yet fully dissipated, Áder said, adding that mass migration further complicates the situation.

Military presence in Kosovo is still meaningful and significant, Áder said, as it stops the resurgence of old animosities, helps keep the ceasefire and ensures the peace of civic life, he said.

Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI

Defence Minister Tibor Benkő thanked those serving in Kosovo for their selfless work.

He added that the currently running development programme of the armed forces offers great opportunities to Hungarian soldiers. Next to procuring new equipment, the Hungarian government also works to ensure a competitive salary for service members, he said.

Chief of Staff Ferenc Korom also attended the event.

President János Áder and Major General Michele Risi. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI

Áder also visited the KFOR headquarters in Pristina and held talks with mission head Major General Michele Risi.

Featured photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI