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Croatia and Hungary advocate a common European response to a possible opening of new migrant routes, the Hungarian and Croatian defence ministers said at their meeting in Budapest on Friday.

Croatian Defence Minister Josip Buljevic was on an official visit to Hungary on Thursday and Friday and held talks with his Hungarian counterpart Istvan Simicsk, the Croatian Defence Ministry said in a statement.

The two ministers talked about the current global security situation and implications the existing crises might have for the security situation in Southeast Europe.

"The talks also focused on the security situation in Southeast Europe which is currently facing a number of challenges, including weak state institutions, unresolved bilateral issues, growing religious radicalism and the problem of foreign nationals fighting on the side of ISIL," the statement said.

Buljevic and Simicsk also talked about bilateral defence cooperation, including joint participation in international missions, joint military exercises and training, and cooperation of the two countries special forces within the regional Central European Defence Cooperation initiative.

Also discussed was the coming NATO summit in Warsaw.

The two ministers agreed on cooperation in marking the 450th anniversary of the Siege of Szigetvar. Buljevic supported Hungary''s idea to erect a memorial plaque at Zagreb's central Mirogoj cemetery to honour the soldiers killed in World War I, the statement said.

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