Protecting Hungary’s sovereignty was an important policy objective at bilateral talks with the United States on renewing the two countries’ defence cooperation, the foreign minister told parliament’s defence and law enforcement committee. Péter Szijjártó briefed the committee about the draft of a new bilateral defence cooperation agreement updating the one signed between the US and Hungary in 1997. The first draft of a new Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) was prepared in November 2017 and under a decision in February last year related talks were assigned to the Hungarian foreign ministry, the minister said. The current draft was prepared in a follow-up to talks with US State Secretary Mike Pompeo during his visit to Budapest earlier this month, he said.
The updated version includes references in the preamble to Hungarian laws, Szijjártó noted, adding that it is conform with Hungary’s NATO and EU obligations. It also includes a provision on prospective military infrastructure development projects by the United States in Kecskemét, Tata, Várpalota and Pápa, the minister said. He said the draft would first need to be approved by the government to be later ratified by parliament, adding that the defence committee’s opinion would also be sought.
Answering a question, Szijjártó said the company Airbus has decided to build a plant for making helicopter parts in eastern Hungary to be selected from the two localities competing as finalists for the project.