Under the extraordinary circumstances created by the novel coronavirus pandemic, it is especially important to intensify NATO’s anti-terrorism efforts, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told MTI, ahead of a videoconference meeting of the alliance’s foreign ministers. Terrorism is a root cause of illegal migration all over the world, Szijjártó said. Migration not only comes with “cultural and security risks” but “extreme health risks”, too, he said. The spread of the virus may speed up significantly along the routes of “illegal, uncontrolled migration”, he said.
Regarding the anti-terrorism missions of NATO, Szijjártó noted that the agreement between the US and Afghanistan had freed troops to be deployed elsewhere. Hungary will also have free capacities which it is ready to regroup into other missions “to keep the Hungarian contribution to NATO missions at their current level”. Hungary supports the expansion of NATO’s mission in Iraq, and is ready to take part in it, he said. Hungarian doctors and epidemiologists at NATO’s centre of excellence for military medicine in Budapest also play a leading role in the alliance’s pandemic containment efforts, he said.