Hungary and Britain have concluded all agreements that specify the conditions of post-Brexit cooperation, Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade Péter Szijjártó said in London on Friday.
After attending official talks between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his British counterpart Boris Johnson, Péter Szijjártó said that Hungary strives for the closest possible bilateral cooperation with Britain.
The minister identified two strategic areas, namely the energy and defense industries, which he said would see even more intensive and promising cooperation in the period to come.
Szijjártó noted that Shell was the first non-Russian energy company with whom Hungary had signed a long-term gas purchase agreement. He added that Hungary’s government seeks to expand cooperation with, and import more gas from, Shell.
“Now we have a six-year contract on the purchase of 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas,” he said.
Defense industry cooperation focuses on enhanced security as both countries are members of the same defense alliance, Szijjártó said. He said that Hungary’s defense industry had launched ambitious development projects, and that British companies may play a substantial role in joint R+D and manufacturing.
Szijjártó said that the 900 British companies present in Hungary employ over 50,000 workers. During the coronavirus pandemic the Hungarian government granted support to six of them to prevent mass layoffs, he said.
Cooperation between central Europe and Britain was significant and, from the political point of view, especially important within the European Union, and the situation has not changed since Britain’s departure either, Szijjártó said.
Featured photo illustration via Péter Szijjártó’s Facebook page