Hungarian Defence Minister Tibor Benkő met Jaroslav Nad’, his Slovak counterpart, to discuss current issues regarding regional defence. Benkő said after the two-day meeting that the Slovak and Hungarian governments saw the challenges “in the world and Europe” similarly and intended to cooperate in dealing with them. He said both countries had taken strides forward in military development, and they discussed their joint implementation as well as signing an agreement on joint aerial surveillance. During the coronavirus pandemic, the Slovak and Hungarian armed forces have almost identical roles, Benkő noted. Soldiers have had a presence in hospitals and enforced border closures and other government regulations, he said. As the epidemic has not run its course yet, it is important to step up cooperation, he added.
Nad’ said the talks touched on the two countries’ roles within the European Union, NATO, the Visegrad Group as well as bilateral ties. Slovakia is ready to cooperate in the preparation of the central European security command centre Hungary is planning to establish, Nad’ said.