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The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union, animal feed free of genetic modification and trademark protection were in focus at talks between Hungarian Farm Minister István Nagy and the ambassador of France on Tuesday, while later in the day Nagy met the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to review trade relations, the ministry said in a statement.

French ambassador Pascale Andreani and Nagy were in agreement that Budapest and Paris had been maintaining good relations in agricultural and environmental cooperation for quite some time, the statement said. The main tasks for Hungary are to increase the processing level of products, improve irrigation, promote generational change, and utilise the results of research and development in agriculture, Nagy said. The most important issue of 2019 will be the common agricultural policy and much will depend on the budget and detailed regulations in the sector, he added. A strong common agricultural policy has remained in Hungary’s interest and the country is active in promoting the best compromises for member states, he said.

Talks with Saudi Ambassador Mohammed Abdulhadi Almatrafi focused on foreign trade, investments in Hungary, secure meat supplies and cooperation in research and development, the statement showed. Nagy said it represented important progress that Hungary had received licence to export red meat to Saudi Arabia.

The ministry added that Nagy had also held talks with the ambassador of Japan.