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May 15, 2018

Hungary's FM: National interest will continue to be the key principle guiding the country’s foreign policy

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told parliament’s foreign affairs committee that Hungary’s main foreign policy goals include protecting the country’s sovereignty, security and national identity

Hungary’s foreign minister has said that the national interest will continue to be the key principle guiding the country’s foreign policy.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told parliament’s foreign affairs committee that Hungary’s main foreign policy goals include protecting the country’s sovereignty, security and national identity.

Minister Szijjártó said a further objective is to continue to contribute to efforts aimed at preserving Christian culture. The ministry will also enhance efforts to boost of the Hungarian economy’s competitiveness.

The minister was also quite vocal on migration. He said Hungary would oppose any efforts by the EU to align itself with Africa’s interests, just as it would oppose the approval of border violations as a fundamental human right. He said Hungary will also continue to participate in the international coalition’s fight against terrorism.

Minister Szijjártó pledged to continue to promote Visegrád cooperation. The V4 will continue to be the strongest and most effective alliance within the EU, he said.

The minister also said protecting Hungarian communities beyond the borders would remain a key foreign policy objective.