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Cape Verde is a country demonstrating a responsible attitude to migration, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said.

Szijjártó has accompanied Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on an official visit to Praia, the capital of Cape Verde. During the two-day visit, the Hungarian delegation is meeting Jorge Carlos Fonseca, Cape Verde’s president, Jorge Pedro Mauricio dos Santos, the speaker of parliament, and Ulisses Correia e Silva, the PM.

Szijjártó told Hungary’s public media that in many parts of Europe, especially in Brussels, “a disturbing simplification” is applied to Africa. The European Commission often tries to present the continent as a group of countries that have “schemed” to send their citizens to Europe and want to get rid of the burdens of population growth this way. However, this is untrue in many cases, for instance in the case of Cape Verde, which wants to retain its population instead of sending people away, he said

Cape Verde has introduced serious border control measures and takes cooperation with Europe seriously, so Hungary is calling on the EU to also take seriously the development of links with Cape Verde. Hungary is urging the EU to sign bilateral economic partnership agreements with Cape Verde, Szijjártó said. “We must help countries that demonstrate a serious and responsible attitude towards measures that directly influence the security of Europe.” he added. Cape Verde will certainly not be a source of mass migration and will cooperate with Europe when introducing measures that affect its own security and the security of Europe, he added.

Hungary wants to tighten economic cooperation with Cape Verde in order to promote economic stability there and serve the interests of Hungarian businesses. As a result, a 35 million euro tied aid agreement is in the making. This will help Hungarian companies carry out investment projects that contribute to increased stability in Cape Verde, improve the productivity of agriculture and develop water management, Szijjártó said.