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Hungary will open a diplomatic mission in Tanzania with a view to developing cooperation between the two countries, and will work to strengthen ties between the EU and east Africa during its presidency in the second half of 2024, the foreign minister said in Dar es-Salaam on Thursday.
Péter Szijjártó told a press conference after talks with his Tanzanian counterpart, January Yusuf Makamba, that Africa’s stability was key to Europe’s security. He said Tanzania was “one of the pillars of stability in its region”, as it played an important role in combating terrorism and in providing for refugees. The security consequences of the migration crisis “are well known by now”, Szijjártó said: “Europe has seen parallel societies emerge and the terror threat increase.” Migration pressure would be even greater without “countries conducting responsible policies such as Tanzania”. The threat remained, he said, as Africa’s population is set to grow by 750 million in the next 20 years. Unless the situation can be improved by developing education and health care, and by creating jobs, Europe will have to face a dire situation, he said.