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Hungarian and Kosovan Defence Policy Directors Meet in Pristina

Text: Ministry of Defence | Photo: KFOR, Kosovan Ministry of Defence |  11:30 December 7, 2021

Heading a delegation, between 29–30 November Dr. Gergely Németh, Deputy State Secretary for Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence of Hungary visited Pristina to conduct official discussions with his Kosovan counterpart. Dr. Gergely Németh also visited the KFOR Headquarters, where he met with COMKFOR Major General Ferenc Kajári,

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At the meeting of the Hungarian and Kosovan defence policy directors, Dr. Gergely Németh said that the stability and security of the Western Balkans have outstanding significance for Hungary. Our stated objective is to continuously increase our contributions and enhance our practical cooperation in the interest of regional security. Our commitment is also underpinned by Major General Ferenc Kajári’s taking over the command of NATO’s KFOR mission as of 15 October. As commander, he determined his priorities to be continuity and the need for teamwork.

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At the defence policy directors’ meeting, Dr. Gergely Németh pointed out that the Hungarian COMKFOR enjoys the full support of Hungary, the Ministry of Defence and the Hungarian Defence Forces. The deputy state secretary added that Hungary’s support is outstanding in other areas as well: one sign of our commitment to the region is that we provided continuous support during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in July 2021 our country donated vaccines for the immunization of KFOR’s local civilian personnel. In connection with the Hungarian KFOR commander’s tenure, the Kosovan side reaffirmed their intention of cooperation and assured the Hungarian side of their support.

The Kosovan defence policy director added that he highly appreciates Hungary’s outstanding and continuing contributions to the development of Western Balkan countries.

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The negotiating partners briefly discussed the security situation of the Western Balkans, and then reviewed the possibilities for developing bilateral military cooperation in the future. The two defence policy directors also agreed that they would work out an annual bilateral cooperation plan for 2022.