“Hungary will always be loyal to Europe’s joint decisions”, Péter Szijjártó, the Hungarian foreign minister said during his visit in Berlin. Concerning the crisis in Ukraine, he said Hungary would continue to work in close cooperation with Germany. Szijjártó told a press conference after talks with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, his German counterpart, that Hungary’s achievements in recent years enable the country to contribute to “making Europe strong again”. He also said that Hungary was grateful to Germany for its support for Hungary “to come back from the rear to the forefront.”
Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Germany wants to further develop political, business, and cultural ties with Hungary. He added that bilateral relations need to be built “within a framework of shared European values”. Concerning Ukraine, Steinmeier said that “retaining the EU’s attraction” requires cooperation based on solid foundations. In terms of democratic values and a rule of law, the EU “must set an example”, leaving “no doubt that each member state is committed to constitutional principles and civil freedoms.”
The Hungarian foreign minister also spoke in Berlin at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Concerning energy policy he said, unilateral dependence on energy sources must be reduced and the member states strengthened, because weak countries cannot form a strong community. Answering questions, Péter Szijjártó said that the Hungarian government is always ready to consult on particular issues but it regards doubts expressed over its commitment to democracy as unacceptable.
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