Hungary’s armed forces are ready to take any action deemed necessary by the leaders of the global coalition against ISIS, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told a press conference after Iran’s overnight missile attacks against US and NATO bases in Erbil and al-Asad, in Iraq. He said it is in Hungary’s interest to avoid an escalation of the conflict. He noted that under a ruling of the Hungarian parliament, the number of troops in Iraq cannot exceed 200. Most are deployed to the Erbil base, Szijjártó said. He added that staff of the Hungarian consulate in Erbil are “fine” and that the Hungarian ambassador to Iraq is currently in Hungary.
Szijjártó said he will attend an extraordinary session of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels on Friday, and call on the EU to contribute to the de-escalation efforts. Security of the Middle East and of Europe go hand in hand, he warned. Szijjártó called it “worrisome” that an international deal on the use of nuclear power with Iran is now “farther from reality than ever”.