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Preserving the Stability of the Western Balkans is a Priority

Text: Ministry of Defence | Photo: Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky’s Facebook page |  10:19 January 31, 2024

In the age of danger, maintaining attention on the Western Balkans is especially important to preserve the stability of the region, and Hungary is constantly engaged in this issue – said Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky in Sarajevo after his discussions with Zukan Helez, defence minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


He emphasized that the political and economic stability of South-Eastern Europe and within it, that of Bosnia and Herzegovina are in the interest of Hungary because these contribute to the security of Hungary and Europe.

“We are ready to deepen the military-to-military cooperation, whether it is about professional meetings or training. Our ministries of defence are constantly working together to strengthen our relations” – said the defence minister.

He recalled that in the second half of the year, Hungary would hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. “It is among our distinguished goals to shed light on the importance of EU enlargement and on the necessity of strengthening European defence capabilities during the Hungarian presidency” – said the minister.

On Tuesday, Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky will meet the leaders of the EUFOR Operation Althea peacekeeping mission, launched by the European Union 20 years ago to preserve peace. Among the leaders will be this year’s Hungarian commander, Major General László Sticz, and the minister will also meet the Hungarian soldiers serving in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Press release of the Ministry of Defence