“It is especially important in the current era of dangers that international attention is maintained in the Western Balkans in order to preserve stability, and Hungary continues to play a role in this,” the defence minister said in Sarajevo on Tuesday after talks with Zukan Helez, his counterpart from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ministry cited Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky saying that Hungary had a vested interest in the political and economic stability of south-eastern Europe, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, because it contributes to the security of Hungary and Europe. “We are ready to deepen bilateral military cooperation, including professional meetings and training,” he said. “Our defence ministries are continually working together to strengthen relations,” he added.
He noted that Hungary was going to fulfil the role of European Union president in the second half of this year. “It is among our most important goals that during Hungary’s European Union presidency we highlight the importance of EU enlargement and the strengthening of European defence capabilities,” he added. The ministry said Szalay-Bobrovniczky was scheduled to meet on Tuesday the heads of the EUFOR Althea peacekeeping mission set up 20 years ago, its Hungarian commander and Hungarian soldiers serving in Bosnia and Herzegovina.