The head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee has revealed that Hungary and Bulgaria are bound by their similar views on the issue of migration.
Zsolt Németh held talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Dzhema Marinova Grozdanova on Tuesday where it was determined that Bulgaria and Hungary share the same views on Europe, security policy, migration policy, European Union enlargement as well as a number of socio-political issues.
Németh also said the two countries are also bound together by culture and the issue of national minorities. Hungary has a prospering Bulgarian community and the country is committed to preserving this cultural and minority policy link with Bulgaria, he added.
The official named migration as the number one challenge of the coming decades. Bulgaria has recently become the latest country to withdraw from the United Nations’ global migration pact and more and more countries are considering following suit, he said.
Németh said another thing the two nations had in common was their ethnic minority communities in Ukraine. He voiced hope that the conflict in that country would be resolved in a way that guarantees Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty and integrity while at the same time allowing the local ethnic minorities to preserve their cultures, institutional systems and languages.
He also pointed out that the most important common task before Hungary and Bulgaria was advancing the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Western Balkans. Grozdanova thanked Hungary for its help in advancing the European integration of the Western Balkan region.