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President Tamás Sulyok Stresses the Significance of Economic and Diplomatic Relations in Vilnius

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.04.12.
Participants of the summit. Tamás Sulyok is fourth from the left, next to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy.

At the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, Head of State Tamás Sulyok conveyed Hungary’s commitment to bolstering political, economic, and infrastructural ties among Central European countries.

The overarching goal is to enhance the region’s competitiveness and economic influence in Europe and globally through collaborative efforts, as reported by the Sándor Palace. President Sulyok stressed the significance of advancing economic and diplomatic relations based on mutual respect and fostering closer connections between Central and Eastern European nations.

Representatives from participating states at the summit endorsed a joint declaration to this effect.

This annual summit and business forum of the Three Seas Initiative convenes with the participation of 13 countries situated between the Baltic, Black, and Adriatic Seas, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, and Poland.

During the event, Sulyok engaged in several bilateral meetings. With Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, discussions centered on fortifying relations between their countries and emphasizing the strategic partnership between Romania and Hungary. He commended Romania’s partial accession to the Schengen area, affirming Hungary’s longstanding support for its full membership.

In talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Head of State denounced Russian aggression and reaffirmed Hungary’s commitment to supporting refugees from Ukraine and providing humanitarian aid to the war-torn nation. Both leaders emphasized the urgent need to halt the conflict and achieve a sustainable and just peace, prioritizing European continent security. President Sulyok highlighted the imperative of promptly restoring and safeguarding the acquired rights of the Hungarian minority residing in Transcarpathia during discussions with President Zelenskyy. Emphasizing a legal perspective, he advocated for reverting to the previous status quo and reinstating the rights of the Hungarian minority.

Both the Hungarian and Ukrainian Presidents expressed dedication to continued dialogue and constructive negotiations.

In a meeting with Latvian President Edgars Rinkevics, Mr. Sulyok underscored Hungary’s role as a dependable ally of Latvia within NATO, citing the Hungarian Air Force’s active participation in the Baltic air policing mission. He proposed expanding cultural cooperation between the two nations, offering to share insights from Hungary’s Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture event with Liepāja, which is slated to host a similar project in 2027. President Sulyok praised the smooth bilateral relations and openness to dialogue, despite occasional differences in positions.

During discussions with the Slovak representative, Deputy Prime Minister Tomás Taraba, President Sulyok reaffirmed the mutual interest in strengthening their strategic partnership.

Both sides voiced support for bolstering Visegrád cooperation as a vital platform for strategic consultation and collaboration.

President Sulyok reiterated his invitation for president-elect Peter Pellegrini to visit Budapest following his assumption of office, as previously conveyed in a congratulatory letter from the Sándor Palace.

President Tamás Sulyok's First Official Visit Leads to Poland
President Tamás Sulyok's First Official Visit Leads to Poland

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Via MTI; Featured Image: MTI / Bruzák Noémi

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