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FM Szijjártó: EU’s Security Largely in Turkey’s Hands, EU Should Pay Instead of Lecturing

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.12.08.

The European Union’s security is still largely in Turkey’s hands, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Ankara on Tuesday after a meeting with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.

At a joint press conference, Szijjártó said Brussels should pay Turkey in full the 6 billion euros it committed to under the 2016 migration agreement.

Without Turkey’s help, the Western Balkans would be fast overrun by hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants, so the EU has a debt of thanks to Turkey, which hosts 4 million migrants, Szijjártó said.

Orbán: Turkey 'Strategic Partner' Every Hungarian Should Respect
Orbán: Turkey 'Strategic Partner' Every Hungarian Should Respect

Turkey is Hungary’s strategic partner when it comes to security and the issue of migration, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Budapest on Thursday. Hungary’s foreign policy thinking starts from the premise that migrants heading for Europe cannot be halted without Turkey’s involvement, Orbán told a joint […]Continue reading

The minister said the pandemic heightened the dangers of migration, which he said were a health as well as a security risk. Szijjártó called for a culture of mutual respect and cooperation in international affairs instead of the practice of lecturing.

Szijjártó: Hungary backs updating EU-Turkey customs union

It is in Hungary’s national interest for the EU-Turkey customs union to be updated, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Ankara on Tuesday.

After meeting Turkish industry and technology minister Mustafa Varank, Szijjártó told a joint press conference that Hungary wanted free and fair trade, which would be best served by the most comprehensive possible economic and trade cooperation between the bloc and Turkey.

He noted that Turkey’s economy is the world’s 18th largest and it was on track to becoming among the 10 largest.

Despite the global economic downturn, Hungarian-Turkish trade has remained buoyant this year, estimated to be worth 3 billion US dollars by year-end.

Szijjártó: Close V4 Cooperation Needed with Turkey
Szijjártó: Close V4 Cooperation Needed with Turkey

The Visegrád Group countries have agreed on the need to build strategic cooperation with Turkey, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after a videoconference on Friday with counterparts. Good relations with Turkey are a positive as far as efforts to contain the novel coronavirus is concerned, Szijjártó said on Facebook, noting that Hungary is among countries […]Continue reading

In terms of central European energy security and the diversification of Hungarian gas supplies, Turkey is an important partner, the foreign minister said, adding that Hungary will be able to buy Caspian gas from the south via Turkey once the 15km pipeline over the Hungarian-Serbian border is ready from October 2021.

Meanwhile, Hungary’s Eximbank has established a 100 million US dollar credit line to finance bilateral business cooperation, and VakifBank will soon have a presence in Hungary. Also, Turkish Airlines Cargo, one of the world’s largest air cargo companies, will increase the number of flights from Budapest to Istanbul from three to four times a week, and it is also making Budapest its eastern European headquarters. Further, an agreement on transport permits and a reduction in waiting times for lorries has also been signed, the minister added.

The two ministers today signed the minutes of the 7th meeting of the Hungarian-Turkish Joint Economic Committee.

In the featured photo: Foreign Minister Szijjártó with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. Photo via Péter Szijjártó’s Faceook page


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