German minister discusses bilateral relations with state secy
Budapest (MTI) – Hungarian-German relations as well as current EU and international affairs stood in the focus of talks between German Minister of State at the Foreign Office Michael Roth and Hungarian State Secretary of Foreign Affairs Laszlo Szabo on Tuesday.
Roth thanked Hungary for its contribution to the reunification of Germany and Europe 25 years ago and Szabo welcomed the rapid increase in bilateral economic and trade links, the ministry said in a statement.
Szabo said Germany continued to be Hungary’s most important trade partner and number one foreign investor. He briefed Roth about Hungary’s foreign economy priorities and the new government structure set up to promote them.
In response to Roth’s questions about the Norwegian NGO Fund, he said a recent audit by the government control office confirmed alleged irregularities. “Hungary’s dedication to the rule of law and democracy is beyond doubt,” Szabo said, adding that Hungary rejects all contrary statements.
“There is no other member state where EU institutions held so many audits in this respect and came up with satisfactory results as in Hungary,” the ministry said.
Both parties welcomed the results of a European Council meeting last Friday, with special regard to climate and energy policy. Concerning Ukraine, they called the implementation of the Minsk agreement and memorandum especially important for a long-term settlement.