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Foreign Minister: Good Cooperation with Huawei National Interest

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.04.26.

Continuing good cooperation with telecoms giant Huawei is a national economic and strategic interest for Hungary, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Friday.

Szijjártó, who is attending the second Belt and Road international forum in Beijing, held several one-on-one meetings, among others with James Li, Huawei Technologies European regional chairman, and William Wu, head of the Hungarian subsidiary.

The minister told MTI that he had made it clear to the Huawei officials that no company in Hungary would suffer a disadvantage because of its nationality as long as it respects Hungary’s rules of law.

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Szijjártó said Hungary’s economy was undergoing a dimensional shift, which coincides with global trends that see digital solutions and 5G technologies become basic conditions of business success.

It is a basic interest for small countries with an open economy, such as Hungary, to be ahead of the competition in 5G infrastructure, he said. From this point of view, the strategic cooperation agreement Hungary signed with Huawei years ago was of great importance. The minister also noted that Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom are also working together with Huawei in Hungary.

James Li, Huawei Technologies European regional chairman, and Péter Szijjártó. Photo by Mitko Sztojcsev/Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Szijjártó also held talks with company heads of China Ocean and Aviation Group Co Ltd and Hainan Airlines in Beijing.

featured photo by Mitko Sztojcsev/Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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