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Szijjártó Urges Neighbors to 'Join Forces' to Boost Gas Transit Capacity

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó pressed neighboring countries to work together to boost gas transit capacity in the region at a panel discussion at the Romanian International Gas Conference in Bucharest on Wednesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Szijjártó said Southeast European and Central European countries needed to "join forces" to address bottlenecks and increase pipeline and interconnector capacity, paving the way for deliveries of gas from Turkiye, Azerbaijan, and Qatar. He also called for a joint effort to get European Union funding for infrastructure improvements.

He complained that European policy regarding energy was "overpoliticized" and called for a return to "common sense". Brussels needs to recognize that energy supply is a matter of "physical reality", rather than politics, and acknowledge member states' rights to determine their own energy mixes, he added.

He warned that banning energy sources from the European supply was "dangerous and absolutely irrational".

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