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Hungarian troops stationed in Iraq will continue to carry out their mission with security measures in place, the defence ministry has said.
Reacting to reports of NATO missions suspending some of their activities in Iraq in view of the tensions between Iran and the United States, the ministry said experts of the ministry and the Hungarian Armed Forces will continue to analyse the situation with a view to guaranteeing the security of Hungarian soldiers. The ministry noted that by contributing to NATO and coalition operations, Hungarian troops were working to create and maintain security in Iraq. NATO has suspended training programmes in Iraq as a precautionary measure, the statement said. The decision impacts only parts of the operation of the Hungarian contingent as it is active in other fields as well, it said.
The statement came after developments following President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US killed Iran’s top military commander Qasem Soleimani during a strike at Iraq’s Baghdad airport on Friday.