Szijjártó: PM gives 'reassuring answer' to German firms

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán provided a "reassuring answer" to German Chancellor Angela Merkel when the latter asked him about government measures impacting German businesses in Hungary, the foreign minister said on state-owned Kossuth radio yesterday. 

"If the business environment were bad, German companies would not have invested €6 bln in Hungary since 2010," Péter Szijjártó said. He noted that currently 6,000 German firms are active in the country and they employ 300,000 people from the local workforce.

During talks in Budapest on Monday, Orbán and Merkel were in agreement concerning cooperation in such geopolitical issues as developing ties between the European Union and Russia or the Eurasian region, Szijjártó said.

Resolving the Ukraine conflict through peaceful means is a joint interest of Hungary and Germany, the minister said, adding that Hungary observes European decisions concerning sanctions against Russia.

Monday's talks focused on the interpretation of an illiberal democracy for "as long as one minute and 20 seconds", Szijjártó said. Different countries have different definitions of democracy, and, being different, we will not force our definition upon another country, he added.

The foreign minister said that there are no conflicts of any kind between Hungary and Germany, and that the personal relationship between Orbán and Merkel is "completely excellent".

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