Hungary stands by Mohamed Bazoum, the democratically elected president of Niger, announced Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky on his social media page on Wednesday, 3 August.
The minister of defence wrote that we are “closely monitoring” the unfolding events in Niger, in the interest of the security of all of Europe and Hungary as well. As he emphasized, “the situation in Niger is dangerous and worrying”.
He added that the Sahel must be a priority in security policy, because what happens there has a direct impact on the security of Europe, and thus on the security of Hungary as well, since “this region has an important role in deterring migration”.
“Strengthening the stability of the region is in our elementary interest, and that is why this issue will also be one of the priorities on the agenda of our next year’s presidency of the European Union”, wrote the minister of defence.
Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky noted that little more than a month ago, he discussed the above issues with the Nigerien minister of defence in Budapest. “The declaration of intent on defence cooperation signed at the meeting was also intended to provide a framework for it”, wrote the minister of defence.