Szijjártó: V4 urges tighter cooperation between EU, Macedonia
Photo by kormany.hu/Gergely Botár
The Visegrad Four countries have urged the European Union to establish tighter cooperation with Macedonia, Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said yesterday in Budapest, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.
(Photo: kormany.hu/Gergely Botár)
The foreign minister noted that Hungary has shown solidarity towards Europe and countries which bear the biggest pressure in the migration crisis, and has helped Macedonia. Szijjártó added that Hungary still supports the Euro-Atlantic integration of Macedonia, and maintains the opinion that the country should have been invited to NATO long ago, and negotiations to join the EU should have begun at least six years ago.
According to Szijjártó, Macedonia has taken all the necessary steps to join the EU, and called it “unacceptable” that despite the European Commission suggesting at least half a dozen times that accession negotiations get underway, they have not yet begun.
Hungary is ready to do what it can to help Macedonia defend its borders, the foreign minister said. He added that Hungary received a list of requests, and is ready to fulfil them, including providing technical tools, as well as armed forces.
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