The Hungarian troops serving in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq will participate in training the Kurdish Peshmerga forces to fight the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Tuesday.
The minister spoke following a United Nations summit in New York on combatting IS militants. The Hungarian delegation was led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Szijjártó said: “Unfortunately the Islamic State is conquering more and more territories, more and more people are forced to leave their homes because of their atrocities. Therefore if we truly intend to ease the migration pressure on Europe, then we must step up our efforts against IS.
“Hungary is prepared to do so, and therefore our contingent of 110 soldiers, who are already in Kurdistan, will from now on take part in training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters alongside their security and protection tasks.
“If we cannot find a fast solution to pushing back IS, we must expect that migration pressure on Europe’s borders will remain, as one of its causes is IS gaining territory.”
Earlier on Tuesday Szijjártó attended a conference of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. He said enforcing the treaty at the soonest would be an important contribution towards global security. “Unfortunately, we are not there yet. Forty-four countries with major nuclear programmes must ratify the treaty. Eight of them, including the US, China, Israel and Pakistan, have not yet done so.”
Hungary, as the organisation’s co-president, has been tasked in the past two years with persuading as many countries to join as possible. Hungary has focused on Africa in these efforts, and Angola and Congo have since joined the treaty.