Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, held energy talks with representatives of several countries during a visit to the United Arab Emirates on Monday.
Minister Szijjártó met his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan who had personally done much to ensure the stability of the region while settling relations with Israel. Following failures in recent decades, he achieved the first successful move towards peace in the Middle East, he added. “In the current state of affairs in the world, such pro-peace politicians as the UAE’s foreign minister are much needed,” he said.
Minister Szijjártó said he had also held talks with UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui, and added that similarly to Hungary, the UAE was also dedicated to the use of nuclear energy. “We were in agreement that nuclear power stations are able to contribute to energy supplies in our respective countries in a cheap, safe, predictable and environmentally friendly way,” he said.
During the day, Szijjártó also met Mohamed Shaker El-Markabi, the energy minister of Egypt where nuclear reactors are being built with the same technology and the same main contractor as in Hungary. Szijjártó also met Mika Lintila, Finland’s economy minister. “Finland and Hungary are linked not only by their shared Finno-Ugric heritage but also by both countries representing a clear position: Europe needs nuclear energy because without building nuclear power stations, it is impossible to bring the green transition to fruition and protect the environment for the future”.
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