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Peter Hultqvist received Hungary’s Minister of Defence Tibor Benkö at Karlberg Palace
On Wednesday 19 February, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist received Hungary’s Minister of Defence Tibor Benkö at Karlberg Palace for a bilateral meeting.
During the meeting, the ministers discussed regional security, current European defence issues and bilateral defence cooperation between Sweden and Hungary. Sweden and Hungary have a long-standing strategic partnership, not the least within the partnership of the Gripen programme.
“Hungary’s contribution and presence in the Baltic Sea region, through the country’s participation in the Baltic Air Policing mission, contributes to stability in our part of Europe. This sends an important security signal,” says Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.
Hungary also hosts Pápa Air Force Base, where Sweden has around 20 Air Force officers stationed. Hungary also takes part in defence cooperation, through which the country provides Strategic Airlift Capability.
“Hungary’s Strategic Airlift Capability is a good example of how countries can support each other by sharing military resources,” says Mr Hultqvist.