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Hungary Backs Acceleration Of Turkey's Accession To The European Union

Ferenc Sullivan 2015.10.21.

Hungary backs speeding up talks on Turkey’s European Union accession and lifting its European visa requirements, the country’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has said.

After talks with Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Turkish colleague Feridum Hadi Sinirlioglu on migration issues, Mr. Szijjártó said Turkey has taken in the largest number of refugees in the world and is “a key country in handling Europe’s migration crisis”. Europe would be unable to manage the pressure of migrants without Turkey’s willingness to accommodate millions of refugees, he added. Hungary urges the EU and Turkey to agree on an action plan outlining Europe’s support and cooperation in return for Turkey’s efforts concerning migrants, Mr. Szijjártó said, adding that the importance of doing so was particularly heightened since there were 30-35 million potential migrants in the region who could very easily and quickly decide to embark on a journey to Europe, and Turkey could play a key role is holding them back. Hungary supports a rapid conclusion to an agreement between Ankara and Brussels with a view to opening as many chapters in Turkey’s EU accession negotiations as possible. It also backs visa liberalisation for Turks travelling to Europe, he added.

Speaking to the state news agency MTI, Mr. Szijjártó also revealed that economic cooperation was also on the agenda of his negotiations in Turkiey. Over the first seven months of the running year, Hungarian export to Turkey increased further from last year’s record bilateral trade figures, he said. The Hungarian Export Credit Insurance Plc. is to open a representation in Istanbul within weeks and a $153m loan framework will be accessible to support cooperation between Hungarian and Turkish corporations, he added, revealing that the increase of direct railroad freight traffic to twice-a-week will also serve to stimulate trade between the two countries. Hungary is seeking to strengthen the export of agricultural and food industry product to the country, the foreign minister explained.

via hungarymatters.hu and 24.hu
photo: Márton Kovács/kormany.hu