The Hungarian foreign ministry will assign two diplomats to work in Chişinău and help the Moldovan government’s progress towards European integration, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after talks with Aureliu Ciocoi, Moldova’s foreign affairs and European integration minister. EU enlargement and the Eastern Partnership programme rank high among Hungary’s foreign policy priorities, he told a press conference. Hungary seeks to develop bilateral relations and promotes closer ties between the European Union and Moldova, Szijjártó said.
“The EU needs success stories; and the Eastern Partnership could be one, in which the Republic of Moldova has a very important role to play,” he said.
Szijjártó noted that Moldova has signed a free trade agreement with the EU and is an observer state in the Eurasian Economic Union. “When we talk about eastern partnership we mean actual partnership. You will never experience any lecturing or interference in domestic affairs from us,” he said. “We will never voice an opinion about your domestic affairs because that’s just simply none of our business.”
Eximbank is helping Hungary-Moldova business relations with a 100 million dollar credit line and OTP has become the largest player in the Moldovan financial market through an investment, which will give further encouragement to Hungarian companies to invest there, he said. Hungarian pharma company Richter has a 10% share in the Moldovan pharmaceutical market, he said, adding that under a new agreement 40 Moldovan students will get scholarships in Hungary.
During his stay in Chişinău, Szijjártó is scheduled to meet President Igor Dodon, Prime Minister Ion Chicu, Parliamentary Speaker Zinaida Greceanîi and minister of economy and infrastructure Anatol Usatîi. He will also meet Antal Kosa, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Chişinău, who is from Romania’s Bacău (Bákó) County.