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Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Sunday talked by phone with Italian counterpart Luigi di Maio to discuss the current state of the coronavirus epidemic. In a Facebook post, Szijjártó said he pledged Hungary’s solidarity with the Italian government, noting that the authorities are handling extremely grave challenges.
The ministers agreed that data and information exchange were crucial in containing the spread of the virus, and pledged to stay in close contact and brief one another on their countries’ respective status. Besides the duty to protect people’s lives and their health, ensuring everyday supplies for families is also a top priority, the ministers said. Tight border control measures on the Hungarian borders serve precisely this end, Szijjártó said, adding that the aim was to contain the virus while securely providing supplies necessary for “families and factories”.