Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó met with his Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu in Budapest on Tuesday. The ministers discussed the strategic partnership between Hungary and Romania. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán also met with Mr Aurescu.
Minister Szijjártó stressed that the strategic alliance with Romania plays a significant role in managing the migration crisis, preventing an economic downturn, and maintaining energy security.
During a joint press conference with his Romanian colleague, Szijjártó reminded that the strategic partnership agreement with Romania was signed 20 years ago and that keeping it in place is in the best interest of both Romania and Hungary, as well as in the interest of their respective ethnic communities living across the borders.
‘There are always parties with opposing interests, constant troublemakers who create so much noise that it appears as though there are more of them than there are of us,’ the Hungarian minister said. By contrast, the current governments of the two nations have a clear and evident purpose, which is to sustain this strategic alliance, because doing so benefits both nations.
Minister Szijjártó emphasized that the strategic alliance will be also very helpful in successfully solving issues related to the economy, energy supply, and migration, which are the most significant concerns of our day.
With regard to the EU sanctions imposed on Russia, Mr Szijjártó also commented on Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting. He highlighted that several EU leaders had admitted that the sanctions against Russia were never intended to end the war in Ukraine, which demonstrates that it is time to rethink the sanctions policy.