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Szijjártó: EU must take leading role in Africa

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European Union foreign ministers agreed at a meeting yesterday that the blocʼs political and economic cooperation with Africa is of strategic importance, Hungaryʼs foreign minister said. The Hungarian governmentʼs policy of opening towards the south is proven right by the EUʼs decision to take a leading role in Africa, Péter Szijjártó told reporters after the meeting. 

Szijjártó said Hungaryʼs Eximbank would contribute €3 mln to the €800 mln EU-Africa fund, set up by the European Commission and nine member states in 2007, in order to create better positions for Hungarian investors and suppliers. He said Hungary expects more "ambitious" results at the next Eastern Partnership summit in Riga.

For instance, following Moldovaʼs good example, steps can be taken to advance visa liberalisation in Georgia and Ukraine. On the subject of sanctions against Russia, the minister said Hungary would adhere to EU decisions agreed upon earlier.

Sanctions should only be modified, either negatively or positively, if there is a major change in the current situation; for instance, if the Minsk agreement is fully observed by the end of the year, he said.

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