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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said Hungary and Slovenia are working to ensure there is a strategic basis for cooperation in the long term.

Speaking to journalists in Bled, Slovenia, Orbán noted that in his talks with Slovenian counterpart Janez Jansa they agreed that the two countries would strive for good neighbourly relations but that it would take a few more months before a concrete plan emerged. The basis for such a plan will be each country’s support for their respective national minority communities, he said, adding that the bedrock of ties was also the aid Hungary provided to Slovenia during the coronavirus epidemic. The prime minister said the tone of Hungarian-Slovenian relations was much more positive than ever before. Orbán said the primary aim was to connect the infrastructure of the two countries, and argued that there is no high-voltage electricity connection with Slovenia yet, and the gas pipeline interconnector for accessing Italy’s gas pipeline network via Slovenia remains half finished. He added that air transport connections between the two countries were rather basic, and the issue of building the port of Koper and a railway line were highly sensitive issues.