The reopening of the Hungarian embassy in Ecuador in 2015 was a good decision, which was also demonstrated by the 74% increase in bilateral trade volume last year, the foreign minister said in Quito on Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that during a joint press conference with Ecuadorian deputy foreign minister Luis Vayas Valdivieso, Péter Szijjártó said the world was facing serious difficulties and such crises can be best handled by countries that maintain comprehensive partnerships.
He praised Hungarian-Ecuadorian relations and said the reopening of the embassy in Quito eight years ago was a good decision. “We are proud that more than 170 students from Ecuador study in Hungary. We are proud that Hungarian companies are active in Ecuador in the areas of food industry, food security and water management,” Szijjártó said.
He also said that he had signed bilateral cooperation agreements in defence and hydrocarbon industry earlier in the day. “We have agreed to connect our crisis management and prevention capacities in order to be able to prevent the outbreak of further armed conflicts around the world,” he said. He also said that the deterioration of the security environment was always among the number one causes of migratory waves.
Valdivieso expressed thanks to Hungary and personally to Szijjártó for Hungary being the greatest supporter of Ecuador’s Schengen visa free status in the European Union. He also said that Ecuador viewed Hungary as a gateway in central and eastern Europe for the export of goods and plans to further develop bilateral cooperation.