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Government submits draft decree on mission against Islamic State

The defence minister on Wednesday submitted to parliament a proposal for a decree outlining Hungary's contribution to international military efforts in Iraq against the Islamic State terrorist organisation.

According to Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky’s draft, Hungary would send up to 20 troops to Iraq until the end of 2025.

“Hungary continues contributing to NATO’s collective defence operations, and to joint actions against terrorism as a trusted member of the community,” the ministry quoted Szalay-Bobrovniczky as saying.

The decree is aimed at extending Hungary’s current commitment, expiring on December 31. Under the new decree, the Hungarian troops will also participate in tasks related to partner skill building and providing military assistance and consultations, the ministry said.

Hungarian troops have participated in the international mission in Iraq’s Kurdistan region since August 2015.

Parliament is expected to vote on the proposal before the end of the year.

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