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Dec 14, 2017

Hungary’s foreign minister describes 2017 as a “record year” for Hungarian diplomacy

The foreign minister said one of the major challenges facing Hungarian foreign policy is the migrant crisis. The minister said it was unlikely that the pressure of migration on Europe would ease, adding that emigration and migration would continue to be ongoing issues in both Africa and the Middle East

Hungary’s foreign minister has described 2017 as a “record year” for Hungarian diplomacy in his report to Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, noted that Hungary had been visited by the prime ministers of Israel and China as well as the Egyptian president.

The minister pointed out how the leaders from 16 countries had also descended upon Hungary for last month’s CEE-China summit, which was a success.

Hungary also hosted the World Export Development Forum and meetings between the foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group and the western Balkans countries as well as the Eastern Partnership countries.

The minister also pointed out that Hungary played host to the V4-Britain meeting on foreign trade and the Hungary-Latin America forum.

He said one of the major challenges facing Hungarian foreign policy is the migrant crisis. The minister said it was unlikely that the pressure of migration on Europe would ease, adding that emigration and migration would continue to be ongoing issues in both Africa and the Middle East.

The minister also revealed that the government will continue to step up its humanitarian assistance program “Hungary Helps”. He said the Hungarian government still insists on aiding Middle Eastern and African countries in the defense of their borders.