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Lithuania and Hungary plan to make military co-operation more active

2005.10.25

On Tuesday, 25 October, in Vilnius, Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Gediminas Kirkilas and Hungarian Minister of Defence Ferenc Juhįsz, who is currently visiting Lithuania, have agreed to intensify bilateral military co-operation.

During the meeting, Minister Kirkilas has invited Hungary to join the NATO air-policing mission in the Baltic States. On his turn, Minister Juhįsz informed that Hungary intends leading one of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) in Afghanistan and asked Lithuanian experts to share their experience in preparing for such a type mission. The Lithuanian Minister of National Defence briefly informed of the activity of the Lithuania-led PRT in Ghor Province of Afghanistan and promised to provide consultation assistance.

At the meeting issues covering the countries' participation in international operations, defence reforms and financing were also addressed by the Lithuanian and Hungarian sides.

Later in the day the Hungarian Minister of Defence F. Juhįsz also had meetings with members of the Lithuanian Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dalius Čekuolis. The Humgarian Minister of Defence also visited the graveyard of troops of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in Vingis Park in Vilnius.

That was the first visit by the Hungarian Minister of Defence to Lithuania. F. Juhįsz has led the Hungarian Ministry of Defence since 2002.

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