On Wednesday, 5 July Swedish Major General Johan Pekkari, Chief of Directorate of Strategic Plans and Policy, Defence Staff, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Defence, where he participated in staff discussions.
The high-ranking guest – who is responsible for the coordination of operational and strategic planning, international relations, and military strategic functions of the Swedish armed forces and for the direction of research and development – was received by Major General Ferenc Kajári, Deputy Chief of Staff of the General Staff of the Hungarian Defence Forces in the Balaton St building of the Ministry of Defence.
Major General Kajári held a short discussion with Major General Pekkari, and then the Swedish and the Hungarian delegations attended a plenary session to discuss the security situation of Hungary and Sweden, the Russo-Ukrainian War, the development of national armed forces, the experiences of becoming allies, as well as the Hungarian position on NATO integration. At the professional meeting, it was stated that the Swedish–Hungarian defence relations are wide-ranging and the two sides are communicating with each other in an open and sincere manner, in an effort to enhance mutual trust and understanding during their cooperation on the military and defence economy levels.
Headed by Major General Johan Pekkari, the Swedish delegation of military diplomats consisted of Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Fredriksson, Sweden’s defence attaché accredited to Budapest; Fredrik Lindvall, Deputy Head, International Relations; and Captain Mikael Yvling. The members of the Hungarian delegation were Major General Dr. László Sticz, Commander, HDF Force Modernization and Transformation Command; Colonel Géza Simon, Acting Chief, Force Planning Directorate, HDF General Staff; and Lieutenant Colonel Ferenc Kerékgyártó, Deputy Head, International Department, HDF General Staff Office.
Major General Johan Pekkari has been Chief of the Stockholm-based Directorate of Strategic Plans and Policy since January this year.