Hungary has concluded an agreement with Tunisia on mutually recognizing Covid-19 immunity certificates. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said under the agreement that Hungarians who have been inoculated against Covid with any type of vaccine can enter Tunisia from Dec. 16 upon presenting a negative PCR test. Hungary has now reached agreements on mutual recognition of Covid immunity certificates with 26 countries.
According to MTI, the foreign minister held talks with Tunisian counterpart Othman Jerandi, and they signed agreements on cooperation in healthcare, welfare, diplomatic education and culture. They also signed a cooperation agreement between Hungary’s Eximbank and Tunisia’s National Agricultural Bank (BNA). At a joint press conference after the meeting, Minister Szijjártó said Hungary will provide 150,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines and 10 ventilators to Tunisia to aid its coronavirus protection efforts. The contribution can also help maintain stability, he said, adding that Europe’s security was “depends to a great extent” on developments in the African continent. Increasing the rate of full vaccination and easing pressure posed by migrants coming from the African continent is key to Europe’s security, he said. “Tunisia and north Africa generally can play a key role in this endeavour which is why the Hungarian government is providing medical and defence support to the country,” Minister Szijjártó said, noting Hungarian training programs for Tunisian law enforcement and police forces.
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