Hungary’s PM Viktor Orbán has called an extraordinary conference of Hungarian ambassadors for Monday morning, the cabinet press chief said. The gathering hosted by the foreign ministry and open to the press will be addressed by Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó before Orbán gives a keynote speech, followed by a question and answer session.
Last week, Orbán said in his state of the nation speech that Hungary needs a sovereign, pro-active foreign policy. In 2010, when it was struggling for economic survival, the country was only able to pursue a passive foreign policy which adjusted to external events, he said. But Hungary since has become “an economic success story” and can set out a whole new foreign policy doctrine, he added.
Meanwhile Péter Szijjártó attended an informal weekend meeting of EU foreign ministers in Riga. The Hungary’s foreign minister called for accelerated EU enlargement and advances in Eastern Partnership. Péter Szijjártó noted that the foreign ministers of the candidate countries also attended the meeting focusing on EU enlargement. The EU should speed up the integration of countries of the Western Balkans and cooperate more closely with Turkey, which aspires to become one of the world’s ten strongest economies, he said.
“Progress must also be made in the Eastern Partnership programme since gas supplied by Azerbaijan could solve central Europe’s energy security problem.” The crisis in Ukraine illustrates the importance of redesigning and advancing the partnership scheme, with specific programmes designed for the six countries involved rather than a generic rubric, he said. Closer EU ties will enhance their stability, Péter Szijjártó added.
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