Hungary’s foreign minister hold tolks in Moldova – UPDATE

Chisinau, September 13 (MTI) – Stability and peace in the European Union’s eastern neighbouring regions is just as important for the bloc’s security as stability in the EU’s southern neighbours, Hungary’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Every European policy must now focus on reestablishing security on the continent and stability in the EU’s eastern neighbouring region is crucial for this, Péter Szijjártó told MTI after talks with Moldovan officials in Chisinau.

Szijjártó met Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti, Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Galbur.

As a country that lies on the EU’s eastern periphery, Hungary is fully aware of the importance of stability in the eastern regions, Szijjártó said, adding that Hungary urges intensifying the EU’s eastern partnership programme.

The minister called Moldova the “top student” in the programme and said the country was crucial for the region’s stability and peace.

Szijjártó said Hungary urges speeding up Moldova’s EU integration process, arguing that this would increase both the country and the region’s stability. This is not only a security, but also an economic interest, he added.

In their talks, Szijjártó and his partners agreed to intensify bilateral economic relations in agriculture, the pharmaceutical industry and water management.

Regarding agricultural ties, the minister noted that both Hungary and Moldova are committed to making Europe a GMO-free zone.

Hungary and Moldova signed a food security and agricultural cooperation agreement.

The two countries also agreed that Hungary would export 400,000 US dollars worth of irrigation technologies to Moldova within the framework of a UN programme to help modernise the country’s agriculture.

In their talks on the trade of pharmaceutical products, Szijjarto asked his partners to provide a more flexible and favourable business environment for foreign pharmaceutical companies. He noted that Hungary’s Richter was a market leader in Moldova, and said that the company could increase its market activities there in a more favourable business environment.

Szijjártó said Hungarian water management technologies are in high demand in Moldova. He said Hungary’s Eximbank had opened a 61 million euro credit line to boost trade in this area and ensure that the bilateral trade volume exceeds 100 million euros.

Szijjártó agreed with his partners that Hungary would offer scholarships to 30 Moldovan university students.

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