Speaking during the Plenary Session of the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS in Washington, DC on March 22, 2017, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó pledged increased Hungarian military participation in the global fight against terrorism. Chaired by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Foreign and Defense Ministers from 66 countries and representatives from two international organizations attended the one-day conference at the State Department in Washington, DC.
Speaking at the State Department in Washington, DC, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced that “the Government will be recommending to parliament that it authorizes an increase in the number of Hungarian military personnel fighting against the terrorists in Iraq and an extension of Hungary’s military presence.” “In the long term it will also be impossible to handle the immigration crisis without the total eradication of ISIS,” added Szijjártó. Currently, 150 Hungarian soldiers are deployed in Northern Iraq in the fight against ISIS, a number soon to be increased to 200.
In a subsequent interview with the Associated Press, the Minister elaborated on the importance of Hungary and other countries’ increased contributions to the coalition: “What we are seeing is that the greatest global danger to the civilized world is not posed by a state, but by a terrorist organization, and primarily by the Islamic State terrorist organization.” Launched in September of 2014, the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL was formed to promote increased intelligence sharing and military cooperation in the fight against terrorism as well as to help address humanitarian crises facing the Middle East.
To read the Joint Statement by Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, please click HERE.
(MTI / Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)