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Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces visits soldiers serving in Mali

Text: Command of the Hungarian Defence Forces | Photo: HDF Command |  16:47 December 20, 2021

During his visit, Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces, consulted with the Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and visited the base of the European Union Training Mission Mali in Bamako. The visit was attended by government commissioner responsible for defence development Gáspár Maróth as well.

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First, the Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces held talks with Major General Paul Ndiaye. At the meeting Lt. Gen. Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi said that Hungary should also be prepared for a more prominent appearance of the common security and defence policy, which is expected to increase Hungary's involvement in the military issues of the EU. "In the second half of 2024, Hungary will hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, therefore preparations must be made for the examination and implementation of cooperation initiatives from bilateral and regional partners, especially V4," the Lieutenant General added.

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The Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces also visited the Bamako base of the EU Training Mission, where he told at a meeting with Brigadier Generals Jochen Deuer and Christian Riener that in accordance with the resolution of the Hungarian National Assembly the Hungarian Defence Forces supports the multinational military contingent set up for stability in the Sahel, in Africa. Lt. Gen. Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi said that all the legal conditions for the Hungarian military involvement in the Takuba Task Force had been met, and that the preparation staff had already begun the establishment of the living and working conditions of the soldiers participating in the mission in the African country. During his official visit, the commander inspected the base of the EUTM Mali, where he had a meeting with the Hungarian soldiers serving in the African country. In his speech he emphasized that the international contributions of the Hungarian Defence Forces are successful, and that the Hungarian soldiers also have an important role to play in Mali by preventing terrorist threats and migration in Europe.