(MTI) – Building on the pillars of classical, trade and cultural diplomacy, the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry will represent Hungary’s national interests more effectively, Tibor Navracsics, the ministry’s new head told a press roundtable on Tuesday.

The ministry will be more open and use new channels of communication such as its own facebook site launched on Friday, he said.

Trade diplomacy will become more central to the ministry’s tasks and will support classical and cultural diplomacy rather than overshadowing them, he added.

Navracsics, who was sworn in to serve in the third Orban government last Friday, introduced his candidates for state secretaries.

Peter Szijjarto, hitherto the cabinet office’s trade chief who is slated for the post of parliamentary state secretary, said the restructured ministry was the most appropriate response to the new world order.

Monika Balatoni, candidate for state secretary in charge of cultural diplomacy, called culture an untapped resource for supporting various areas of the economy.

Eniko Gyori, who will stay on as state secretary of EU affairs, said she represented continuity.

Laszlo Szabo, a candidate for state secretary of trade, said he would work to represent Hungary’s national and economic interests and boost the country’s exports and investments.

Istvan Mikola, candidate for state secretary responsible for international cooperation, noted that he had worked as health minister and an official at OECD, adding he would want to boost Hungary’s image abroad.

Marcell Biro, candidate for administrative state secretary, said he would be tasked with integrating the two pillars of external economy and classical diplomacy.

Photo: MTI – Lajos Soos

Source: http://mtva.hu/hu/hungary-matters

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