Szijjarto: We need strong Europe-USA alliance

Robust cooperation between the European Union and the United States is a condition for Europe’s security and competitiveness, particularly in the fight against terrorism, Hungary’s foreign minister said after an EU ministerial meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.

Peace and security cannot be ensured either in Europe or its neighbourhood without the elimination of the Islamic State terrorist organisation, which poses a constant threat to the region, Peter Szijjarto told a news conference after a working lunch that was attended by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the EU foreign ministers.

Hungary is proud to be one of the 28 countries that has formed a coalition to fight against ISIS, he said.

Szijjarto noted that the government had decided to increase the number of Hungarian troops serving in the region from 150 to 200.

Szijjarto said the Hungarian government wishes to contribute to stability in North Africa by reopening its Tripoli embassy next January at the request of Libya’s foreign minister.

The minister urged the closest possible economic cooperation with the United States, which is Hungary’s second largest exports market after the European Union. The US is also the second largest foreign investor in Hungary with about 1,700 companies employing close to 100,000 people, he said.

Concerning Ukraine’s recently adopted education law that restricts minority-language education, Szijjarto said he would use all his power as foreign minister to block any NATO-Ukrainian ministerial meeting until Kiev fully reinstates the right of the Hungarian minority to education in their mother tongue.

“Hungary will continue to fight against the shameful law until Ukraine withdraws it,”

he said.

Source and photo: MTI

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