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FM Szijjártó: Portugal Rotating EU Presidency Starts in ‘Difficult Times’

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.01.07.

Portugal took over the rotating presidency of the European Union on January 1 in “difficult times”, when the joint European procurement of the coronavirus vaccine is “falling short of expectations”, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the EU continues to promote migration into the bloc at a time when further waves would bring serious epidemiological risks along with security and cultural ones, Szijjártó said on Facebook.

Január elsejével Portugália átvette az EU soros elnökségét. Nem egyszerű időszakban, hiszen a közös európai…

Posted by Szijjártó Péter on Thursday, January 7, 2021

Szijjártó said Hungary had a vested interest in a strong EU, adding, however, that the key to a strong EU are strong nation states. Hungary continues to reject “all reasoning leading to a United States of Europe,” he said.

Cooperation between Hungary and Portugal is excellent, Szijjártó said.

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In the featured photo illustration: Portugal Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva with Hungarian FM Péter Szijjártó. Photo by Árpád Szabó/Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade/MTI