Hungarian defense council convenes to prepare response after Iranian attacks on Israel

By Dénes Albert
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After Saturday’s largely failed Iranian drone and missile attack against Israel, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán convened a meeting of the country’s Defense Council on Sunday to discuss the developments.

“Last night, what we feared happened. Iran attacked Israel with drones and missiles. We condemn the attack, but the attack threatens to devastate the entire Middle East with an interstate war, and this poses a serious threat to the whole world, including Hungary,” Orbán said in a video on Sunday evening.

“Today, I convened the Defense Council to take stock of the national security and economic consequences of the conflict for Hungary. I have instructed the Interior Minister and the heads of the counter-terrorism services to guarantee the security of the Hungarian people with all available means,” he added.

The Hungarian prime minister revealed he would travel to Brussels on Tuesday to “review the war situation with European leaders,” and vowed that his government would do all it could “to ensure that the wars in the world do not threaten the peace and security of Hungarian families.”

The Defense Council is the special political decision-making forum of the government, chaired by the prime minister with the chief national security adviser as secretary.

The other members of the Defense Council are the minister in charge of the prime minister’s office, the interior minister, the defense minister, and the foreign affairs minister.

The secretary of state for public administration of the prime minister’s office is a permanent guest at the Defense Council. It meets as necessary, but at least every two weeks, and any member may call an extraordinary meeting.

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