Cooperation between Hungary and Canada is “excellent”, the two countries have been helping each others’ citizens return home, trade turnover has been increasing and Hungary supports Canada’s membership in the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Tuesday. He said in a Facebook entry that he had talked to Canadian counterpart Francois-Philippe Champagne over the phone.
In recent months, Canada helped 53 Hungarians travel home and Hungary helped 45 Canadians, he added. He said the lessons of the pandemic must be learnt including the need for every country to have sufficient capacities in strategic industries in order to prevent becoming vulnerable. Szijjártó said. Canada was a close ally for Hungary in NATO, therefore Hungary will support Canada’s UN Security Council membership. He added that trade turnover increased by 29% in the first two months of this year and that first experiences with the Canada-European Union free trade agreement were positive.