The foreign minister said success based on a recognition of mutual interests is building trust between Hungary and Romania, boosting hopes of success in sensitive issues regarding ethnic minorities.
Peter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said in Bucharest on Thursday that the two nations were “bound by a thousand ties” and the economic, trade, energy and transport links between Hungary and Romania clearly made each other’s development a mutual interest. The pandemic, he noted, had economic consequences, demonstrating that cooperation was the best approach to tackling them.
The minister noted that Romania is Hungary’s fourth most important export market, adding that the large ethnic Hungarian community in Transylvania also made links between the two countries especially important. “We have common interests that we lobby for in Brussels jointly, and we have common investments,” he said. “Based on the examples of Hungarian-Slovak and Hungarian-Serbian relations, practical successes can form the basis of trust … paving the way for discussions of delicate topics, mostly concerning the rights of national ethnic communities,” he added.
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