Hungary and Slovakia are prepared “to write the best-ever chapter of their cooperation”, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after meeting Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico in Bratislava on Tuesday.
Slovakia’s recent election led to the formation of a “patriotic government which undertakes the enforcement of national interests and pursues sovereign politics”, Szijjártó said, according to a ministry statement. Since cooperation between governments like this is easier, “I think we stand on the verge of a particularly beautiful period and huge opportunities when it comes to the future of Hungarian-Slovak relations,” he said. Szijjártó said the two governments apply similar approaches to the key issues concerning the future of Europe, noting they both wanted peace in Ukraine, did not see weapons deliveries as the solution and wanted to bring a halt to illegal immigration waves. One main focus of bilateral talks in the coming period will be boosting cooperation against migration, he said, adding that both countries had a negative view of the EU’s migration package. He said preparations for Fico’s upcoming visit to Budapest will soon get under way. Szijjártó also met his Slovak counterpart, Juraj Blanár, Economy Minister Denisa Saková and Regional Development Minister Richard Raši.