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Hungary sees bilateral cooperation in defence, political and economic issues with Latvia as mutually fruitful, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told a press conference after talks with his Latvian counterpart, Edgars Rinkēvičs.
Szijjártó welcomed that the two governments have similar positions in many areas regarding the future of Europe.
Both Hungary and Latvia are committed to supporting the enlargement of the European Union and see it as a mistake that the EU has failed to make the decisions necessary for the integration of Western Balkan states, he said. In the debate regarding the EU’s budget for the 2021-2027 financial cycle, both countries argue for keeping the significance of cohesion funds and reject “subjective requirements” in the distribution of EU funds, Szijjártó said. Hungary and Latvia reject the mandatory quotas for resettling migrants and the UN’s global migration package, he noted.
In economic cooperation, Hungary’s Eximbank has opened a credit line of 360 million euros to bolster cooperation between Hungarian and Latvian companies. Hungary supports Latvia’s bid as a temporary member of the United Nations’ Security Council in 2026-2027.
Szijjártó also met Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro and Zbignevs Stankevičs, the metropolitan archbishop of Riga.