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Peter Hultqvist received Hungary’s Minister of Defence Tibor Benkö at Karlberg Palace

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On Wednesday 19 February, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist received Hungary’s Minister of Defence Tibor Benkö at Karlberg Palace for a bilateral meeting.

  • Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist received Hungary’s Minister of Defence Tibor Benkö at Karlberg Palace

    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist received Hungary’s Minister of Defence Tibor Benkö at Karlberg Palace.

    Photo: Magnus Liljegren /Government Offices

  • Peter Hultqvist and Tibor Benkö inspect the guard of honour at Karlberg Palace.

    Peter Hultqvist and Tibor Benkö inspect the guard of honour at Karlberg Palace.

    Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices

  • The Swedish and Hungarian delegation on the steps of Karlberg castle

    The Swedish and Hungarian delegations on the steps of Karlberg Palace.

    Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices

  • During the meeting, the ministers discussed regional security, current European defence issues and bilateral defence cooperation between Sweden and Hungary.

    During the meeting, the ministers discussed regional security, current European defence issues and bilateral defence cooperation between Sweden and Hungary.

    Photo: Magnus Liljegren /Government Offices

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.