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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Sunday pledged constant contact and cooperation in the two countries’ response to the new coronavirus epidemic, the prime minister’s press chief Bertalan Havasi said.

At a meeting in Budapest, Vucic and Orbán discussed the situation at the Serbian-Hungarian border. Havasi said they also pledged mutual solidarity and a mutual flow of information during the epidemic.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and Serbian Finance Minister Sinisa Mali also attended the meeting.


After talks with Mali, Szijjártó said in a video posted on Facebook that Serbia and Hungary are strongly inter-dependent, especially in “such a challenging situation”.

According to Szijjártó, ensuring a continuous flow of goods across the Hungarian-Serbian border is an “important duty” as well as to provide supplies to Hungarians and Serbians alike. The volume of trade between the two countries reached 2.5 billion euros last year, Szijjártó noted.

Measures to “restart” the economy will also be coordinated between the two countries, Szijjártó said.

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