Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Hungary’s troops had proven over the course of a series of international exercises and missions “that they are just as good, if not better, than their foreign peers, earning their right to serve their homeland.”
The government in 2010 had to fix the country’s finances before it could proceed with developing the military, he said. After successfully strengthening the country’s economic and family policies, the government needed stability, predictability and money to develop a competent army and military industry, he said, praising Defence Minister Tibor Benkő for his efforts “in getting Hungary this far” and Ferenc Korom, the former commander of the armed forces, for his role in “guiding the army from a state of hopelessness to one of hopefulness”. Hungary’s allies won’t defend the country in its stead, “only together with us”, he warned. The prime minister also thanked Hungary’s soldiers for their contribution to the country’s pandemic defence efforts.