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Foreign policy transformation reaches halfway point

Int’l Relations

kormany.hu/Gergely Botár

The ongoing transformation of Hungary's foreign policy aimed at enforcing the country's economic interests more effectively has reached the halfway point, kormany.hu reported citing Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó. "The world has substantially changed and this means Hungary's foreign policy must change both institutionally and in its approach," Szijjártó said.

The minister also said that Hungary should pursue a pragmatic foreign policy, adding that "nobody blames the United States for maintaining close economic cooperation with China or any western European nation for fostering good ties with countries in the Far East". Yet, according to Szijjártó, cooperation between China and central Europe is a target of criticism even if China's trade turnover with the 16 CEE countries falls short of its trade with Italy.

Szijjártó further added he regrets the breakdown of the South Stream Project, emphasizing that now Hungary "needs to find new sources to ensure the security of its energy supplies". In connection with the planned upgrade of Hungary's sole nuclear plant located in Paks, he echoed that the Hungarian-Russian deal fully complies with the EU regulations and there would be no need for any EU interference.

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