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Apr 15, 2020

Coronavirus Update: FM proposes opening crossings at Záhony station for locals

The foreign minister has proposed that locals residing on either side of the Hungary-Ukraine border should be allowed to make regular crossings at Záhony station.

 

The foreign minister has proposed that locals residing on either side of the Hungary-Ukraine border should be allowed to make regular crossings at Záhony station, which currently only handles freight traffic.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that he talked by phone with Dmytro Kuleba, his Ukrainian counterpart. They both pledged mutual support during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

According to MTI, Minister Szijjártó briefed Kuleba on Hungary’s decision to extend the 50 million euro tied aid loan framework for road construction projects in Transcarpathia by two years. He also briefed Kuleba about the Hungarian government’s supply of 100,000 face masks, 30,000 pairs of gloves and other protective gear to doctors and nurses in Transcarpathia in collaboration with Hungary’s Ecumenical Charity.

Minister Szijjártó also said that Uzbekistan is sending 500,000 face masks to Hungary. The minister held a video call with Uzbek counterpart Sardor Uktamovich Umurzakov. “It’s great to have friendly nations we can count on in these difficult times,” Minister Szijjártó said, adding that all countries providing help to Hungary “are to the east of Hungary” and all, except China, are members of the Turkic Council, where Hungary has enjoyed observer status since 2018.

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