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Hungary considers Afghanistan a strategic ally in the fight against terrorism and extremism, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told a ministerial conference on Afghanistan held in Geneva. Developments in Afghanistan, with special regard to a terrorist attack in Kabul last week, indicate that those efforts should be stepped up, Szijjártó said. He assured the Afghan leadership of Hungary’s support in resolving the conflict between the Afghan government and extremist Taliban groups, with a view to creating stability in the country.
Hungary will continue its presence in NATO’s Afghanistan mission and continue its financial contributions to Afghanistan’s security forces, Szijjártó said. He added that Hungary will send early next year another 30-strong contingent to join 106 Hungarian troops already serving in the country, and noted a donation of 500,000 US dollars to Afghanistan. Hungary will be ready to “give new impetus to economic and cultural relations with Afghanistan” once security has improved there, the minister said.