Szijjártó: Transylvania Economic Development Scheme Serves Both Countries’ Interests
Hungary and Romania’s governments both aim to maintain the improvement in their countries’ relations, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on the sidelines of a meeting of OSCE foreign ministers in Milan on Thursday.
The minister spoke to MTI after consulting by phone with his Romanian counterpart Teodor Melascanu.
“We reassured each other that this is in the interest of both countries, especially when it comes to the debates on the future of Europe and the ethnic Hungarian communities living in Transylvania and Szeklerland,” Szijjártó said.
The minister said he had assured Melascanu that the Hungarian government’s economic development scheme geared towards Transylvania served not only the interests of ethnic Hungarians but also those of Romania. He argued that local economic players who benefit from the scheme operate and pay taxes in Romania, thereby strengthening the Romanian economy.
But the scheme also helps strengthen the local Hungarian communities, Szijjártó said, adding that this, too, served the interests of both countries. Hungary views the ethnic Hungarian community in Romania as a link between the two countries, he said.