Readout of Deputy Secretary Bob Work’s Meeting with Hungarian Minister of Defense István Simicskó

Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Gordon Trowbridge provided the following readout:

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work met with Hungarian Minister of Defense István Simicskó today at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

Deputy Secretary Work thanked Minister Simicskó for Hungary’s security contributions to the Counter-ISIL coalition, NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and peace-keeping efforts in the Balkans.  He applauded Hungary’s efforts to increase its defense budget. Minister Simicskó provided insight into his nation’s defense modernization efforts. Finally, the two discussed the evolving security situation in Europe.

Following the meeting, defense officials attended the opening ceremony of a temporary Pentagon exhibit showcasing artifacts from the 1956 Hungarian Uprising against the Soviet-backed government. The display is on loan from the government of Hungary until Nov. 3.

Deputy Secretary Work and Minister Simicskó said that they look forward to continued strong security cooperation between Hungary and the United States bilaterally and through the NATO alliance.

Release No: NR-364-16
Oct. 12, 2016

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