Hungary has announced they are going to increase there defense spending to 2% after Donald Trump called on all NATO nations to live up to there commitment.
Due to the constant challenges facing the international security system, Hungary will contribute more to NATO’s defence efforts, the foreign minister said at a NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday.
Hungary is also continuously increasing its contributions to boosting NATO’s strength, Peter Szijjarto told Hungarian reporters during a break on the first day of the two-day summit. To this end, Hungary has embarked on a comprehensive military reform with a view to producing a regionally competitive army, Szijjarto said.
Hungary has begun to modernise its capacities, he said, noting that the country’s defence force has recently ordered new helicopters for some 100 billion forints (EUR 308m).
Hungary’s military development scheme dubbed Zrinyi 2026 will enable it to honour its pledge to increase its defence spending to 2 percent of GDP, the minister added.
Here are other actions they plan on taking:
Fortify its contingent of 117 troops in Afghanistan by another 12 soldiers.
Maintain its financial contribution to the development of the security forces in Afghanistan, equalling 500,000 dollars a year, until 2024
Join NATO’s training mission in Iraq aimed at preparing that country’s security forces for protecting the territories that have been taken back from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
Expand its role in the international fight against IS by increasing the number of Hungarian soldiers serving in Iraq from 167 to 200
Expand its contingent serving in the KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo to 390 soldiers