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Regional cooperation is indispensable for preserving our security

Text: Ministry of Defence |  09:38 October 7, 2021

Regional cooperation is indispensable for preserving our security – said Defence Minister Tibor Benkő, who participated in the 16th International Defence and Security Technologies Fair in Brno, the Czech Republic at the invitation of the Czech minister of defence on Wednesday, 6 October.

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As one of the most excellent Central European platforms, the trade fair – which is held every two years –provides domestic and foreign defence industry companies with opportunity to present their latest developments and products to the interested visitors. The visitors can see here items of equipment and special fields such as weapons and munitions, military vehicles, CIS equipment, radars and radios, close protection, cyber and data security, security technology services and professional training opportunities.

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At the event, Defence Minister Tibor Benkő met with his Czech counterpart, Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar. The Hungarian minister said that these days, the forms of regional cooperation are especially important and indispensable, since maintaining the existing security and peace is in our common interest here, in Central Europe. He also pointed out that joint exercises, collaboration in armed forces and defence industry developments and the continuous exchange of experiences are indispensable for attaining this goal.

During their discussion at the trade fair, both partners agreed that the military-to-military relations between the two countries are excellent, and that the good intergovernmental relations, our EU and NATO membership as well as the potentials inherent in regional cooperation serving our countries’ mutual interest support their further development.

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After seeing the trade fair, Defence Minister Tibor Benkő presented a decoration to Lieutenant Colonel Beke Viliam of Hungarian origin, Chief of Staff at Moravska Trebova Military High School and College in the Czech Republic. The Komárno-born lieutenant colonel has preserved his Hungarian nationality, remained faithful to his Hungarian roots and continuously supported the cause of national defence. The development of excellent cooperation between the military secondary schools of the two countries can be credited, among others, to Lieutenant Colonel Beke Viliam and Gábor Berkecz, the former principal of the Károly Kratochvil Military Secondary School and Student Hostel.