Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan signed a defence cooperation agreement on the sidelines of the celebrations of NATO’s 70th anniversary.
Bilateral defence cooperation will be further boosted by the agreement, Szijjártó said after the signing in Washington, DC. “Hungary is proud to have contributed to the success of the alliance as a reliable partner of both NATO and the US,” Szijjártó said, adding that Hungary had always done its utmost to contribute to the fight against terrorism, and noting an earlier decision to raise the number of Hungarian troops combatting terror by 200. Fully 130 soldiers will be deployed to Kosovo, raising the headcount of Hungarian troops there to above 500, and 70 to Afghanistan. The number of Hungarians serving in Afghanistan will now exceed 1,200, he noted.
Szijjártó said that besides defence and economic cooperation, diplomatic relations had also been revived by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Hungary. David B. Cornstein, the US Ambassador to Hungary, welcomed the agreement. “We look forward to an even stronger security relationship with Hungary,” he wrote in a statement.
Twenty years ago Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic joined the alliance.