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Szijjártó in San Marino: Preserving National Identity Key for Europe in Tackling Challenges

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.09.17.

Europe will be capable of tackling the challenges it is facing only by preserving national identities and its cultural, historic and religious traditions, the Hungarian foreign minister said after talks in San Marino with Luca Beccari, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, there are tendencies and aspirations that go against the efforts aimed at preserving national identities and traditions, Szijjártó told MTI.

“This is why Hungary wants to see a cooperation of European countries that are sensitive to their national identity and are equally proud of their religious, historical and cultural heritage. San Marino is such a country,” he said.

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Strengthening political and economic cooperation, and concluding an association agreement between the EU and San Marino within the shortest possible period of time is an important goal and vital interest, Szijjártó said.

The minister said that bilateral cooperation would be built on education. In this framework, Hungary will offer ten scholarships for students from San Marino to study at a Hungarian university each year starting in 2021. In addition, talks on an investment protection agreement between the two countries will begin immediately, he said.

In the featured photo: Péter Szijjártó with Luca Beccari. Photo via Péter Szijjártó Official Facebook Page