A new multinational command is planned to be set up with headquarters in Székesfehérvár in central Hungary, the defence minister said on Monday.

A letter prepared jointly with the Croatian defence minister was recently sent to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the initiative, Tibor Benkő told current affairs channel M1.

The new command will be tasked with preserving stability and peace in the region and in case of any developing conflict to act as a leading force in directing operational activities, he said. In response to a question, he added that around seventy people will work at the command.

The new command will be offered for inclusion in the NATO structure and more central European countries will be invited to join, he added.

Additionally, a Regional Special Operations Component Command (R-SOCC) will be set up in Szolnok, some 120 kilometers southeast of Budapest, Benkő said. The memorandum of understanding has already been signed with Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia, and non-NATO member Austria will join in the near future, he added.

Source: mti

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