Budapest (MTI) – Defence Minister István Simicskó met Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Pert Pavel on Wednesday, the defence ministry said.

The talks were attended by chief of staff Tibor Benkő and deputy state secretary for defence planning Peter Siklósi.

Pavel appreciated Hungary’s endeavour for launching a large-scale scheme to develop its armed forces, and its commitment to raising its defence spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2026 as expected by the alliance.

Simicskó said Hungary did not share the concerns about NATO’s future.

“Hungary considers NATO a cornerstone of its security and that of Europe as a whole,” he added.

Source: MTI

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