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HUNGARY, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA EXPAND DEFENCE COOPERATION

 

Hungary is expanding defence cooperation with Bosnia-Herzegovina, the defence ministers of the two countries said in Budapest on Friday. Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina face many of the same problems, challenges and risks, and they envisage possible solutions similarly, Hungarian Defence Minister Tibor Benkő told a joint press conference after talks with his counterpart, Marina Pendeš. Although not a European Union or NATO member state, Bosnia-Herzegovina “pulls its weight in peacekeeping missions in an exemplary fashion,” Benkő said, thanking Pendeš, her ministry and officers for their contributions. The present agreement is a significant step forward in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s NATO accession process, Benkő said. Hungary’s know-how will be used to develop the plan to advance those aspirations, he said, adding that peace and stability in the Western Balkans is of primary importance to Hungary.