Belgrade, January 14 (MTI) – The significance of Hungarians-Serbian relations is higher than before thanks to the geopolitical situation affecting both countries and the cancellation of the South Stream gas pipeline, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday.

Szijjarto said after meeting Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic in Belgrade that the issue of energy security in central Europe is again timely and a more burning one.

The minister said he had agreed with Dacic to jointly seek a solution on ways to increase energy security. Dacic will visit Budapest on February for further talks on this issue, he added.

The regular meetings between the two countries’ foreign ministers is one sign that relations between Hungary and Serbia have never been as good as they are at present, Szijjarto said.

Hungary continues to be committed to supporting Serbian European integration efforts, and for this reason Budapest is delegating Gabor Ivan, a former permanent representative in Brussels, as its chief negotiator concerning Serbia’s EU accession, the minister added.

Szijjarto also noted record bilateral trade in 2013. In 2014 trade grew by 3.5 percent in the first ten months, and on this basis it is easily conceivable that a new record will emerge, he said, adding that a new Hungarian trading house and office of Hungary’s EximBank would soon open in Belgrade, further boosting commercial and economic cooperation.


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