Hungarian and Indonesian FM's Share Concerns About Crisis in Middle East Coupled With “An Increasingly Warlike Mood in Europe”

  • 18 Apr 2024 6:23 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Hungarian and Indonesian FM's Share Concerns About Crisis in Middle East Coupled With “An Increasingly Warlike Mood in Europe”
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has phoned Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade, Szijjártó said on Facebook, adding that the talks focused on the security crisis in the Middle East.

The two ministers agreed that the international community must concentrate efforts to prevent an escalation in the Middle Eastern region, Szijjártó said.

Should the situation in the Middle East become uncontrollable, together with “an increasingly warlike mood in Europe” it could easily lead to a global security crisis that they “wouldn’t want to imagine”, he said.

Meanwhile, Szijjártó: Trinidad and Tobago Key LNG Source

Liquefied natural gas exports from Central and South America will play an increasingly important role in the European Union's energy supply, with Trinidad and Tobago being a key player, Peter Szijjártó said in Port of Spain.

The foundations of the LNG partnership are in place, and its implementation will coincide with Hungary’s presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of the year, the foreign minister said, according to a ministry statement.

Trinidad and Tobago exported 10 billion cubic metres of LNG last year, with more than 4 billion cubic metres being sold to Europe, he said. Also, the country reached an agreement with Venezuela on joint extraction and exports, he said.

Szijjártó, who on Wednesday was scheduled to meet Trinidad and Tobago’s foreign, sports and energy ministers, noted the EU’s Global Gateway scheme which supports, among other things, development projects needed to import LNG from the region.

“And this year, a decision was reached on making the operations of the energy and petrochemical industries here more eco-friendly than ever before,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, Szijjártó noted that Trinidad and Tobago’s geographical location makes it a destination for illegal migrants, and that border protection and the assessment of asylum applications were a strict process.

Szijjártó: Gov't to Enhance Cooperation Between EU, C America

During Hungary’s European Union presidency this year, the government plans to work much on enhancing cooperation between the bloc and the countries of Central America, the foreign minister said in Panama City on Tuesday local time.

Péter Szijjártó noted at a joint press conference with Panamanian counterpart Janaina Tewaney Mencomo that the ratification of a partnership agreement between the EU and six Central American countries will be soon completed and its implementation will kick off during Hungary’s six-month presidency starting in July.

According to a ministry statement, he said this was greatly needed in the current era, when the world was moving towards the emergence of blocs, “which is bad news for both Hungary and Panama, both being on the side of connectivity”.

He praised the role of the Panama Canal in facilitating unhindered East-West trade. “When the use of such important arteries of world trade is rendered impossible as a due to a terror threat or armed conflict, it can essentially knock out the entirety of world trade with a single blow…” he said.

“So Panama and Hungary jointly stand up for peace and support free and fair global trading,” he added. “We have decided to form an alliance … to act against the emergence of blocs in the world and to broaden connectivity,” he said.

Szijjártó also mentioned illegal migration, stating that Hungary saw it as a danger and not as an opportunity, especially in terms of transit and target countries. “Illegal migration brings with itself the threat of terror, organised crime and the increase in drug use, so we must act against illegal migration,” he said.

“We are taking joint action with Panama to stop illegal migration, to ensure that no country in the world is affected by the security risks posed by illegal migration,” he added.

The minister also talked about the importance of mutual respect in bilateral cooperation, stating that a scholarship scheme enabling ten students from Panama to study at Hungarian universities each year provided a good basis for this.

“Additionally, relations in agriculture and higher education guarantee the future of cooperation, opening up opportunities in pharmaceuticals production cooperation and the use of Hungarian water and waste management technologies here in Panama,” he said.
Szijjártó also noted the government supports the investments of several Hungarian companies there, and if the Panamanian side offered the benefits of a special economic zone, then bilateral cooperation could become successful in pharmaceuticals, an area where a sectoral player has already set foot in Brazil.


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