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Aiding Moldova in its progress towards European Union integration is a foreign policy priority for Hungary, a foreign ministry state secretary said. Hungary intends to place a greater emphasis on Moldova’s EU integration going forward, Levente Magyar said after meeting Aureliu Ciocoi, the Moldovan foreign minister, in Budapest.
The Hungarian government has decided to take concrete steps to strengthen bilateral relations, Magyar told a joint press conference. These include assigning experts to help the Moldovan government in the EU integration process, supporting Hungarian investment projects in the country and putting the launch of a direct flight between the two countries back on the agenda, he said. Cooperation between the two countries’ diplomacy academies will also be strengthened and Hungary will offer scholarships to 40 Moldovan students and possibly even more later on, Magyar said. He said the Moldovan foreign minister’s visit served to prepare the Hungarian prime minister’s visit to Chișinău next month.
Ciocoi said Moldova was looking forward to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s visit, during which a strategic partnership pact is expected to be signed. He thanked Hungary for its support and efforts to advance Moldova’s EU integration.