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Germany is Hungary’s most important economic partner and a strategic ally in many areas, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after talks with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Budapest.

At a joint press conference with Maas, Szijjártó said whereas the two countries disagreed on key issues such as “combatting migration”, they had spent more time on matters they agreed on. Hungary and Germany are allies in the areas of defence and the economy as well as on the issue of European Union enlargement and developing the regions fled by migrants, Szijjártó said. Concerning defence policy and the defence industry, Szijjártó said Hungary was the number-one importer of German arms in the first nine months of the year. This contributed to the modernisation of the Hungarian military as part of its pledge to meet the NATO defence spending target of 2% of GDP, he added. The ministers also touched on the matter of joint international missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo as well as the proposal to create a central European multinational military, which Germany has backed, Szijjártó said.