Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky - Photo: MTI

Defence minister: Security Hungary’s most valuable asset

Security, as the year 2022 has shown, is Hungary's most valued asset, and maintaining it is the most important objective for the Hungarian government, the defence minister said on Friday, in a year-end message.

“There is nothing without security,” Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky said in a video message on Facebook, adding that this is why the government continues to promote peace, and is working to prevent the country from “drifting into a war”, and is further developing its defence capabilities.

He noted that the government had further raised the wages of soldiers who as a result “could take home 20 percent more from September”. The wage increases will continue in 2024, the minister said.

The upgrade of the army has also continued with Hungary’s taking delivery of a batch of Lynx combat vehicles and PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers.

The minister thanked the troops for their “patriotic” service throughout the year and Hungarian people for their support to the armed forces and cooperation in protecting Hungary’s security.

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