Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Szijjártó told the Hungarian press that the peoples of central Europe were aware that “calm, peace, civilised cooperation and dialogue based on mutual respect are good”. “Promoting our own interests and values, we must seek mutually beneficial cooperation rather than enemies,” he insisted, noting the global challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic. “We now have to protect the health and lives of people, which makes the importance of international cooperation greater than ever,” he said.
Szijjártó pointed to challenges concerning illegal migration and warned that migration trends offered opportunities for terrorist organisations to send activists to Europe. Fighting terrorism and helping countries in North Africa and the Middle East develop their security capacities should be in NATO’s focus, he said. Szijjártó said efforts against the Islamic State militant group should be continued in Iraq, adding that a new coalition government in Libya could help eliminate “terrorism closely linked to migration”.