Robust cooperation between the European Union and the United States is a condition for Europe’s security and competitiveness, particularly in the fight against terrorism, Hungary’s foreign minister said between an EU ministerial meeting and a NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels.
Peace and security cannot be ensured either in Europe or in its neighbourhood without the elimination of the Islamic State terrorist organisation, which poses a constant threat to the region, Péter Szijjártó told a news conference after a working lunch that was attended by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the EU foreign ministers.
Hungary is proud to be one of the 28 countries that has formed a coalition to fight against ISIS, he said, noting that the government had decided to increase the number of Hungarian troops serving in the region from 150 to 200.
Szijjártó said the Hungarian government wishes to contribute to stability in North Africa by reopening its Tripoli embassy next January at the request of Libya’s foreign minister.
The Hungarian minister urged the closest possible economic cooperation with the United States, which is Hungary’s second largest exports market after the European Union. The US is also the second largest foreign investor in Hungary with about 1,700 companies employing close to 100,000 people, he said.
Concerning Ukraine’s recently adopted education law that restricts minority-language education, Szijjártó said he would use all his power as foreign minister to block any NATO-Ukrainian ministerial meeting until Kiev fully reinstates the right of the Hungarian minority to education in their mother tongue. He insisted:
Hungary will continue to fight against the shameful law until Ukraine withdraws it
via hungarymatters.hu and MTI; photos: kormany.hu / MTI