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FM Szijjártó: Hungary Civilian Intelligence to Be Strongest in Region

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.02.03.

The government is working to make the Hungarian civilian intelligence services the strongest in the region, Péter Szijjártó, the minister for foreign affairs and trade, said on Wednesday.

Szijjártó told MTI after a session of parliament’s national security committee that the necessary developments were under way.

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The new crisis management centre of the Information Office (IH), Hungary’s civilian intelligence agency, shows the technological and organisational development under way in the sector, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at the inauguration event in Budapest on Monday. Szijjártó said that a “new world order is emerging” which will set new tasks for the intelligence […]Continue reading

The coronavirus epidemic has accelerated changes in the world, Szijjártó said, ushering in a “new type of competition” between states and governments.

The changes are mainly economic in nature, with strong competition for investments, the minister said. “We will have to use every tool we have to protect Hungarian interests and the economy, and to bring about large-scale growth…” the foreign minister said.

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The Szájer scandal was included in the agenda at the national security session of parliament this week. Brigadier General Zsolt Bunford, the head of Hungarian intelligence, said that the Information Office knew nothing about the Szájer case. Therefore, they have no information on whether any foreign service leaked the news of the police action after […]Continue reading

Hungary’s large, integrated and unified foreign affairs apparatus, which includes civilian intelligence services, is a “great help” in achieving those goals, he added.

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