Road freight traffic between Hungary and Slovenia is still ongoing, albeit with tight control mechanisms in place, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Ljubljana on Monday, after talks with his counterpart, Anze Logar.
Hungary still allows freight traffic headed for Hungary as “they bring goods and provide important services for Hungarians”. Trucks heading for neighbouring countries are restricted to specific motorways, and obliged to use specific fuel stations, he said.
Slovenia has shown full understanding towards the restrictions, Szijjártó said.
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The ban on non-Hungarians from entering the country helps protect Hungarians’ health as well as that of citizens of the neighbouring countries, he said.
Cooperation between Hungary and Slovenia has so far been “about missed opportunities”, Szijjártó said. However, the Hungarian government hopes that ties may be strengthened with the new Slovenian cabinet, which “would greatly benefit both Hungarians and Slovenians”.
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“Hopefully, dialogue between the two countries will soon be determined by much more optimistic topics such as integrating our energy supply systems and opening new roads,” Szijjártó said.
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