Another wave of migration could pose serious health and economic risks, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after talks with his Spanish counterpart Arancha González Laya in Madrid.
Szijjártó argued that the coronavirus epidemic has hit countries with poor economies, and its spread could lead to increased illegal migration. Rooted in their geographical location, Hungary and Spain have different positions on migration, however, there are links as well, he said, adding, for example, that both countries are committed to fighting humans smuggling rings.
Hungary and Spain see eye to eye concerning the principle of delivering assistance where problems arise, and will launch a shared water management project in Morocco to improve supplies for local residents, he said.
Referring to the pandemic, Szijjártó said that “Europe must avoid getting in such a vulnerable position as in recent months, therefore some strategic capacities must be developed even if they may seem redundant in ‘peace’ times”.
Spain is Hungary’s 15th greatest trading partner, while 200 Spanish firms employ over 5,000 people in Hungary, he said, adding that bilateral ties could offer further opportunities for cooperation.
Hungary will open a consular office in Málaga, he announced.