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The foreign minister said such strategic decisions were “particularly senseless” at a time when international cooperation was gaining special significance as “a tool to save lives rather than [introducing] austerity measures”.
The foreign minister was accompanied by the heads of six companies with experience in road, rail, and general construction, farming and agricultural infrastructure, water management and lighting technology.
“Egypt is doing a great service for the whole of Europe, especially now that illegal migration involves major health risks. For this reason it deserves every possible assistance from the European Union,” the foreign minister said.
Ever since assuming power in 2010, the economic target of the Fidesz-Christian Democrats-led government has been to ensure that Hungary exceeds the average European economic growth level by at least 2 percentage points.
The foreign minister said the coronavirus pandemic offers a “unique opportunity” to rebuild cooperation between the East and the West on a basis of mutual trust and respect, as well as observing international law.
Ukrainian security service commandos raided several Hungarian institutions in Transcarpathia as well as the home of the president of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association, László Brenzovics.
“It would be great if Joe Biden could tell us why he put pressure on the Ukrainian government to fire its chief prosecutor, and how all of this related to the investigation into his son’s Ukrainian energy deals grinding to a halt,” Foreign Minister Szijjártó said in response to Joe Biden’s comment, made yesterday, listing Hungary and Poland on the same page as Belarus, calling all three “totalitarian regimes.”
“I want to make it clear that we consider Vera Jourová’s remarks as remarks by an EC vice president,” the foreign minister said. “We do not identify Jourová with the Czech Republic or the Czech government,” he added.
The foreign minister said that the “patriotic” policies of the two cabinets, which he said were “based on Christian values and prioritise national interests”, were often unacceptable to “the international liberal mainstream… continually attacking the two countries”.
“Hungary continues to support the US’s peace efforts in the Middle East,” the foreign minister said. “We stand by Israel and we stand by the position that Israel should not be held to double standards.”
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will be the only European Union minister to attend the signing of Israel’s agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on normalizing diplomatic ties in the White House next Tuesday.
“Our primary goal was that these European resources should be distributed fairly and on objective criteria. Giving in to any blackmail or some countries pressing others and setting subjective criteria were out of the question,” the foreign minister said.
The foreign minister said a HUF 7 billion (EUR 20m) Hungarian-Portuguese financial cooperation fund had been set up to support Hungarian and Portuguese medium-sized companies involved in digitalization and digital developments.
The foreign minister said the new HUF 23 billion (EUR 65.2m) government support scheme was directed at Hungarian companies to expand their export capacity and establish a physical presence in far-away countries.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said on Facebook that his most recent talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba in Budapest had been characterized by correctness and a friendly atmosphere.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that before the pandemic, ministers had talked about “the need for legal migration and importing labor to the EU”. Now “hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs.”
Auf der heutigen Pressekonferenz haben der ukrainische Außenminister Dmytro Kuleba und der ungarische Minister für auswärtige Angelegenheiten und Handel Péter Szijjártó ein Protokoll zur Änderung des Abkommens zwischen der ungarischen Regierung und der ukrainischen Regierung unterzeichnet, in dem ein Rahmen für die finanzielle Zusammenarbeit sowie eine Absichtserklärung über Energieeffizienz festgelegt wurden, der die erneuerbaren Energien und die alternativen Kraftstoffe betrifft.
At today’s press conference, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó signed a protocol amending the agreement between the Government of Hungary and the Government of Ukraine, establishing a Framework for Financial Cooperation and a Memorandum of Understanding concerning energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative fuels.
The foreign minister calls on Romanian president Klaus Iohannis to “show more respect to Hungarians” after he accused the Social Democratic Party (PSD) of “wanting to relinquish Transylvania to Hungary”.
The foreign minister held talks with his Slovak, Czech and Austrian counterparts on Tuesday morning. All countries agreed that the most important task is to protect people's health and to ensure their care.
Außenminister Szijjártó sprach auf einer IAEO-Konferenz und einem Anti-Terror-Gipfel Anfang dieser Woche und gab Ungarns Stellung zu einigen der schlagkräftigen Themen bekannt, die das Land heute betreffen.
The foreign minister said the government’s investment decisions this year will all come down to the levels of technology, the value-added and the levels of research and development involved with the given prospective projects.
The foreign minister said Hungary and Japan’s friendship and alliance is based on mutual trust and respect, as evidenced by the confidence Japanese companies and people have had in Hungary over the years.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said one of the greatest failures of the previous European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker was bringing the enlargement process to an almost complete standstill.
The foreign minister told a hearing in front of parliament’s foreign affairs committee that the past year has shown that Hungary’s foreign policy has achieved its goals and the means to achieve them have been effective.
Minister Szijjártó stated that Hungary believes in providing help at the location where it is needed. The government has contributed HUF 7 billion (EUR 20.9m) to job creation schemes, water management and hygiene services in Africa so far this year.
Minister Szijjártó said the new office will be tasked with coordinating the fight against terrorism in the region. He noted that Hungary already hosts the regional headquarters of several specialized UN organizations.
At a conference with Christian religious leaders from the Middle East, the foreign minister spoke about Hungary's responsibility in protecting persecuted Christian communities around the world and setting an example for others to follow.
The Foreign Minister said strategic cooperation with Oman is in Hungary’s interest when it comes to energy security, noting that Oman is one of the most significant crude oil and gas producers in the Middle East.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has said the victory of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party at Sunday’s general election is of great importance “and the best of news” to Hungary.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told a Hungarian-Brazilian business forum in São Paulo that the two governments approach the “great dilemmas of world politics” similarly, and so no open questions weigh on bilateral ties.
Inspiring Hungary, eine exklusive Konferenz, die diese Woche von der Ungarischen Agentur für Investitionsförderung organisiert wurde, präsentierte die Erfolge des ungarischen Wirtschaftsmodells – mehr Auslandsinvestitionen, mehr Arbeitsplätze, höhere Löhne – und bot eine Networking-Plattform für die Teilnehmer in den wichtigsten Wirtschaftssektoren des Landes. Hier sind einige der wichtigsten Erkenntnisse.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said “positive gestures” towards the ethnic Hungarian community in Transylvania would strengthen inter-state ties, and consequently the countries’ roles in the region.
Japanese battery manufacturer GS Yuasa has built a battery assembly plant in the Miskolc industrial park with an investment of HUF 9 billion (EUR 26.8 million), to which the Hungarian government contributed a HUF 465.3 million non-refundable grant.
Hungary offers incentives for investments that will “help Hungarian businesses and the Hungarian people” by attracting technology-oriented capital to the country, said Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó in an interview on Kossuth Radio.
The Foreign Minister said border protection should be approached from the point of view of security rather than human rights. Strong and strict border protection leaves less manoeuvring space to criminals, including human smugglers.
The Foreign Minister has said Europe is entering a phase in which “anti-migration” governments could be subject to increased pressure and face attempts to “cram mandatory migrant quotas down the throats of European countries”.
The FM said Hungary has gone from being a production-oriented economy to a technology-oriented one, adding that by bringing the unemployment rate down to 3.3 percent, the country has “practically achieved full employment”.
“We will not yield to the blackmail of either Soros’ NGOs, western (European) governments or Brussels,” Minister Szíjjártó said. “We will not implement the compulsory settlement quota and we will continue to oppose it as we did so far.”
Péter Szijjártó said the success of the conference, which drew some 4,000 participants from 125 countries, was thanks to the cooperation of Hungary and the organizer, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Péter Szíjjártó said the proposed tax harmonization and common European debt handling would “effectively annihilate the competitiveness of both the Central European region and at the European Union as a whole".
“Hungary and Central Europe have becoming the growth engines of the continent, in which investments in regional cities have played a major part,” said Péter Szíjjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Foreign Minister said that over the course of its five-year tenure the outgoing Commission has made a series of security and economic policies detrimental to European interests such as contributing to the worsening of the migration crisis, opening its borders and inviting millions of illegal immigrants who pose an obvious security threat.
Péter Szijjártó told a conference on the US and central Europe in Washington DC on Wednesday that “a couple of years back we understood our region was not really on the radar screen of US foreign policy… We are happy that central Europe is [now] considered a strategic location,” he said.
“We sincerely hope — and hoping does not equal meddling in internal affairs — that the makeup of the new parliament in Kiev will allow for the two countries to significantly improve their relations,” the Foreign Minister said.
“As a result of Europe’s lowest (corporate) taxes, a well-trained workforce and the quality of higher education, Bavarian companies continue to have a high level of trust in Hungary,” Péter Szíjjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said.
The Foreign Minister said central Europe today is home to “robust, developing, proud” countries which are able to cooperate according to national interests and contribute substantially to Europe’s economy and security.
The Hungarian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that working groups of the countries’ defense ministries should begin consultations to “restore proper order in line with bilateral and international agreements”.
“The rational political decisions that we have made in Central Europe with relation to the economy and security have all contributed to enabling Central Europe to be among the winners of the new world order today, and in fact the region represents the engine of European growth and competitiveness and will continue to do so in future,” the Foreign Minister said.
The FM said the greatest challenge ahead is whether Europe can be turned into a strong integration of strong nations, whether we can defend Christian culture and whether, with respect to migration, “the term ‘to manage’ can be replaced with the term ‘to halt’”.
“First Vice-President of the European Commission (EC) Frans Timmermans must take responsibility for the fact that over one and a half million illegal immigrants have come to Europe,” the Foreign Minister said
“We sympathize with our French friends when we watch the painful scenes from Paris. Notre Dame is an important Christian and cultural symbol to all of us; it shows us who we are. We wish the firefighters strength and perseverance,” Péter Szijjártó said
Minister Szijjártó said the world must also create the conditions for persecuted communities to remain in their homelands, adding that troubled regions should receive technological assistance and the world must help stabilise countries around warzones
The world’s most successful military alliance just turned 70, and that means we have another important anniversary to celebrate. It’s been 20 years since Hungary, along with the Czech Republic and Poland, joined NATO and secured our places in the alliance, a great moment in our long-desired return to Europe and the Euro-Atlantic community.
Péter Szijjártó held talks with US company heads on Wednesday and signed the memorandum of understanding on Hungary-Ohio economic cooperation with Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency Lydia Mihalik
Péter Szijjártó said a “secret document” has been published on work by the European Commission’s legal service to formulate “lengthy and devious” legal grounds for suggesting that the compact is, after all, mandatory for EU member states
The foreign minister has said that citizens of the European Union have the right to know “what secret plans the European Commission is making behind their backs to further undermine the continent’s security”
Péter Szijjárto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary’s export volume last year was a testament to the hard work of the Hungarian people. He attributed the country’s import volume to last year’s record-breaking investments
Following talks with Carmelo Abela, his Maltese counterpart, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the two countries had agreed that decisions on services provided for migrants should be left in the hands of member states
"If we are not able to turn around the negative trend of demographics - which is unfortunately a phenomenon all over Europe - then we will definitely not win the future. And we want to win the future so we need more kids," Minister Szíjjártó said
“Pro-migration politicians are continuing to run amok,” the foreign minister said. "Every EU document will try to refer to the UN’s global migration compact in spite of the fact that nine EU member states did not vote for it," he added
Following talks with Osman Saleh Mohammed, the foreign minister of Eritrea, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that Africa needed peace, security and economic development in order to retain its population
“There’s some hoodwinking going on when it comes to migration, with European officials cheering and giving their analysis about how the migration crisis is a thing of the past,” the foreign minister said
“It has become clear to the Hungarians: it is in the interests of the Central European for a pragmatic cooperation to come about between East and West that is based on common sense and mutual respect,” the foreign minister said
"The fact that 40 states did not vote on the migration pact is a clear indication that the attempts to make the document one of international reference lack credibility and are unacceptable," the foreign minister said
Péter Szijjártó, Minister Of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the UN compact would cause even greater problems than the EU quotas because the latter only applied to Europe but the former would create disorder around the world
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary will continue blocking NATO-Ukraine Committee meetings as long as Ukraine systematically curbs the rights of ethnic Hungarians living there
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry held talks with David B. Cornstein, Ambassador of the United States of America, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Antal Rogán, Head of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister
The foreign minister said efforts by the UAE are critically important in the fight against terrorist organizations, including Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Hungary, too, is dedicated to the fight against terrorism
Minister Szijjártó insisted that the package would pose a “serious danger” for Europe as it is “aimed at legalizing illegal migration as a fundamental human right” and said that Hungary would vote against the proposal at next year’s UN general assembly session
The foreign minister said Hungary has made it clear that it is not taking part in the process of adopting the United Nations Global Compact for Migration, adding that other countries are likely to have joined Hungary’s stance by the end of the year
The New American points out that when a primitive tribe such as the Tanzanian Hadza fights to preserve its culture, the media cheer but when a European people fights to preserve its culture, it gets called racist
News from today’s vote in the European Parliament report that the Sargentini Report proposing an Article 7 procedure against Hungary has passed with the necessary “two-thirds majority.” Passage, however, relied on voting fraud, a violation of clear voting procedures, and the Hungarian government is currently evaluating possible avenues for legal remedy, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said during this afternoon’s press conference in Budapest.
The Hungarian economy is export-orientated, and its export success determines the success of the whole national economy. Last year, the country exceeded 100 billion euros in annual exports for the first time in its history
Péter Szijjártó said Europe had achieved its great success thanks to Christian values. “The more we grow apart from these values, the less chance we have to restore a competitive and strong Europe,” he said
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the government believes that the only way for the EU to be successful in the long term is if it can look beyond its everyday issues and make sensible decisions on strategic matters
During a reception hosted by the US Embassy to mark the Fourth of July celebrations, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungarians, just like Americans, are real freedom fighters
Late last week, US Ambassador David Cornstein presented his credentials to President János Áder in Budapest. We’re delighted to have a new ambassador from the US, and Mr. Cornstein’s arrival comes at a time when relations between Hungary and the US seem to be entering a new era.
“What we don’t want is a massive illegal influx coming from the south to us. We want to keep Hungary a Hungarian country. And we don’t think multiculturalism is by definition good,” the foreign minister said
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the Eastern Opening policy is not only facilitating the increased foreign market presence of Hungarian products and services but also the Hungarian investments of well-capitalised Asian companies
Minister Szijjártó said that “very alarming” developments were taking place to the south of Europe, which make it “clear” that Brussels had failed to build a southern line of defense over the past three and a half years. “The danger is here and it is growing,” he said
The foreign minister said Hungary sends 80 percent of its exports to the EU, but its second-largest export market is the US, followed by China. Therefore, it would be completely against Hungary’s interests for its three largest export markets to enter into a trade war with one another
During an official visit to Shanghai, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, revealed that a 45 billion HUF (141 million EUR) power plant project will be built in Hungary, and air passenger links between the two countries could expand
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said he had written an official letter to the Office of the UNHCR “reminding” it of its duty to represent UN values. The minister also said in the letter that he considered it “unacceptable” that the office had accused Hungary of “completely ignoring” facts
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, highlighted that one of the largest Catholic churches in Hungary stands quite close to the Dohány street Great Synagogue in Budapest, which illustrates the peaceful coexistence of Jews and Christians in Hungary
The foreign minister said both the US administration and the Hungarian government give priority to the security of their citizens. “Both governments have made clear that they oppose illegal migration and have acted as close allies in the global fight against terrorism,” the minister said
Bulgaria’s proposal essentially means that “if enough of you come, you’ll be distributed; so a lot of you should come,” Minister Szijjártó said. “This constitutes an invitation to migrants, which is against Europe’s security interests,” he added
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said an agreement has successfully been reached on the quantity and price of next year’s Gazprom natural gas shipments to Hungary, in addition to which negotiations have also begun on gas shipments for 2020
Following a meeting of EU foreign ministers and trade representatives in Brussels on Tuesday, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the section of the Cotonou Agreement dealing with migration was entirely unacceptable for Hungary
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told a conference focusing on the victims of ethnic and religious conflicts in Brussels that Hungary’s policies will help persecuted Christians return to their homelands in the Middle East
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
Speaking at last Thursday’s session of the European Parliament’s LIBE committee, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó reiterated Hungary’s strong opposition to any pro-migration plan. The draft report – which would call for the nuclear option of an Article 7 procedure to be launched against Hungary – is “a collection of compounded lies” and takes a stance far removed from facts and reality, he said.
Peter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said it became clear that Brussels and the United Nations want illegal migrants to come to Europe. “We continue to resolutely reject migration becoming recognized as a human right or a positive trend,” he said
"Hungary will keep on fighting and the people will decide on April 8th whether Hungary will continue to have an anti-immigration government or will have a pro-immigration government," the foreign minister said
“The successes achieved during the traditional industrial era must also be maintained following the digital revolution, in the interests of which large corporations that create highly developed technologies must be encouraged to invest in Hungary through tax benefits and funding," Péter Szijjártó said
Minister Szijjártó also highlighted Serbia’s support for the government’s local economic development program in Sombor, which will be implemented in cooperation with Serbia’s ethnic Hungarian VMSZ party
“Over the last two and a half years terrorists of migrant origin have committed 27 terror attacks in Europe claiming 330 lives and injuring more than 1300,” FM Péter Szijjártó said during his press conference earlier today on the occasion of the second anniversary of the Brussels terror attack
“The Hungarian people have a right to live in security, so that they do not have to be afraid of terrorist attacks and so that they can protect themselves from the security risks of the emergence of parallel societies,” Minister Szijjártó said
The foreign minister said the government must respond to the Israeli paper saying on Friday that a Berlin-based NGO funded by US billionaire George Soros had tried to lobby the German government to intervene against Hungary’s law on the transparency of foreign-funded NGOs
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, addressed the UN’s intergovernmental debate on its migration package in New York on Monday and highlighted Hungary’s disagreement with the document’s premise that migration is a positive and unstoppable phenomenon
“Hungary is protecting European values," the foreign minister said. “Because protecting European values means respecting the European treaties, such as the Schengen Agreement and the Dublin Regulation, and this is what we are facilitating by protecting our borders and denying entry to illegal immigrants," he added
Minister Szijjártó said this could mean an unmanageable security threat for the European Union, and accordingly Hungary will be submitting proposals with regard to both the UN’s migration package and the reform of the Dublin Regulation
The Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister has highlighted how the UN’s draft directive on migration is chillingly reminiscent of the European Union’s plans, against which the Hungarian government is also fighting
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said a terrorist attack committed at a Christmas fair is a clear message that terrorists want to destroy not only our everyday lives, but also our religion and culture
The Hungarian government’s goals is to radically increase the weight of small and medium-sized enterprises in exports. The economy is heavily dependent on foreign trade, with a current export-to-GDP ratio of over 90 percent
During an interview on the BBC Hardtalk program, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said it was highly problematic that the European Union failed to get the migrant situation under control at the start of the crisis
Hungarian foreign policy will never abandon cross-border Hungarians, we will “fight until the bitter end” with regard to issues that are important to them, and will “not allow decisions that negatively affect Hungarians to be made one after the other in neighboring countries," the foreign minister said
Hungary's foreign minister assured the organizations of American Jews that the Hungarian government clearly makes no compromise on the security of Hungary and its people on the one hand, and zero tolerance against anti-Semitism on the other
“We will continue to reject illegal migration and to fight against mandatory settlement quotas. We will not let them impose on us a failed and dangerous decision regarding the mandatory settlement quota," Hungary's foreign minister said
Hungary's foreign minister said the main reason for international disputes is that there are “pro-migration” governments in Europe and the Hungarian government has made it clear that it will not allow illegal migrants to enter Hungary and will focus on security
“We will continue to protect the Jewish community in future against any and all attacks of an anti-Semitic nature and against any attempts to endanger or discriminate against Hungary’s Jewish community,” Hungary's foreign minister said
“We expect the Hungarians to be given the respect they have a right to and we draw the attention of the Brussels bureaucrats to the fact that while they are centered on Hungary, the country is defending the borders of the European Union from illegal immigration," the minister said