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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Ana Brnabić, his Serbian counterpart, signed a strategic partnership agreement following talks in Budapest on Wednesday.

The agreement is seen as a long-term commitment in Hungary, Orbán said, “a strategic agreement of friendship and partnership that will be a secure point in the ever-changing waters of foreign policy in the coming decades.” The agreement focuses on the economy, with links between the two countries in the spotlight, he said. The reconstruction of the Budapest-Belgrade railway line will be completed by 2025, he said. Orbán noted the growing cargo traffic at the border crossings between the two countries. The Röszke-Horgoš (Horgos) and Tompa-Kelebija (Kelebia) crossings will undergo major reconstruction to increase their capacity by the end of 2022, and the government is looking into opening the crossing at Hercegszántó-Bački Breg (Béreg) for cargo traffic, he said. Besides the agreement signed by the heads of government, Hungarian and Serbian ministers signed agreements on cooperation in agriculture, economy, joint border patrols, hovercraft services between the two capitals and other projects.