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Close cooperation between East and West could enhance the success of the international community’s actions in the areas of health and security, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó said in Stockholm. The ministry said Szijjártó told a ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) that there were significant global challenges in the areas of health and security. The new variants of coronavirus posed considerably more serious health threats than previous variants, he said. Additionally, migration waves are intensifying, partly as a result of the failure of the Afghanistan mission and partly due to other conflicts, he added. “The spread of the pandemic and migratory trends can only be stopped if we can build strong-East-West cooperation,” he said.
Commenting on new virus variants, Szijjártó said there was a global race for time. At the same time, there are successful, high-quality scientific-medical communities in the East as well as the West that could be even more effective in the fight against the pandemic if they were working together, he said. “More people could be saved if political and ideological considerations were removed from the horizon,” he said. The same applies to migration, especially in the current situation when developments in Afghanistan have created a real danger of further mass migration waves towards Europe, he added. It would be important to develop cooperation with central Asian countries to protect their borders and halt migration from Afghanistan, he said.