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Jan 27, 2020

Hungary builds relations with Saudi Arabia

The foreign minister highlighted how Hungary has an interest in the de-escalation of tensions in the Middle East.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, discussed bilateral ties with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir in Budapest on Friday.

The pair identified areas where Hungary and Saudi Arabia shared common positions. The minister said the shared areas include migration and the fight against terrorism, adding that Hungary’s firm position is that the emergence of a new nuclear state should be prevented.

In regards to migration, the minister emphasized the need for providing humanitarian assistance to eliminate its root causes and discussed with the Saudi side the possibility of joint aid projects.

Minister Szijjártó said they explored the possibility of cooperation in infrastructure development in Saudi Arabia’s water management sector. Science and education projects were also discussed.

The minister further noted the 600 million euro credit line Hungary’s Eximbank has opened to promote bilateral economic cooperation.

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