Defence Minister Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky - Photo: Facebook

Defence Minister: Hungary stands by democratically elected Niger president

Hungary stands by the democratically elected president of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky, the defence minister, said on Facebook on Thursday.
3. August 2023 10:52

“We are closely monitoring developments in Niger”, the minister said. “What is happening is dangerous and concerning,” he added.

“The Sahel region requires special attention because what happens there has a direct impact on the security of Europe, including Hungary, and the region plays a key role in restraining migration,” Szalay-Bobrovniczky said.

“It is our vital interest to strengthen the stability of the region, which is why this is one of the priorities of our EU presidency next year,” he said.

“Just over a month ago, these issues were also discussed with Niger’s defence minister in Budapest,” Szalay-Bobrovniczky added. “The defence cooperation agreement signed at the meeting was intended to provide a framework for this,” the minister said.

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