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Chief of staff briefs president on defence, security matters

Gabor Borondi, the chief of staff of the Hungarian Armed Forces, briefed President Katalin Novak on the state of the military and matters concerning Hungary's security, at the Gyula Castle in the south-eastern Hungarian town on Wednesday.

Speaking to the media before his meeting with the president, Borondi said he was to brief Novak, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, on the experiences gained in last November’s Adaptive Hussars 23 NATO military exercise.

In response to a question, he said the exercise had been conducted based on Hungary’s National Armed Defence Plan. Cooperation between the army and county public administration bodies had been smooth, but the Armed Forces has amendment proposals regarding economic services, he said.

Borondi also briefed the president on the army’s recruitment scheme in Hodmezovasarhely, in southern Hungary. He said the army also had legislative proposals concerning the activation or the system of reservists.

President Novak, who is on a multi-day visit to Bekes County, on Wednesday afternoon visited the birth house of Ferenc Erkel, the composer of the Hungarian national anthem, where she participated in a special music class with soprano Erika Miklosa and music historian Andras Batta, CEO of the House of Music in Budapest.

She then paid a visit to the plant of dairy company Szarvasi Mozzarella in Ormenykut.

The recent visit forms part of the president’s programme of visiting every county to learn first-hand about local affairs.

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