Hungary has reopened its embassy in Angola and will increase its focus on the country in the future, both for economic and security reasons, the foreign minister has said.
Speaking in Luanda, Péter Szijjártó told MTI that Angola was making “incredible efforts to fight the huge migration pressure from neighboring countries”.
The minister insisted that Europe should appreciate the efforts of countries “that are not the source of migration nor do they offer transit routes to migrants”. He spoke highly of Angola’s efforts to ensure its economic stability and security, and said that “Angola has proven that illegal migration can be stemmed”.
The minister said that Hungary will also renew its security cooperation with Angola, and offer training to the country’s military officers.
Regarding bilateral trade, Minister Szijjártó said that its turnover had grown twenty-fold in 2017, to over 80 million USD, and added that energy and water management offered further opportunities for cooperation.
Hungary’s Eximbank has also opened a 172 million USD credit line to assist Angola’s electrification program under which that country will buy turbines and generators manufactured in Hungary.
As for water management, the minister said that Angola was planning to contract Hungarian companies to ensure a drinking water supply for 43 of its regional centres.