Belgrade (MTI) – A stable and strong Serbia is essential to the stability of the West Balkans, and depends on the continuation of the European integration process, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told MTI in Belgrade on Friday.
The minister, who arrived in Belgrade to address a campaign rally of incumbent Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic who is currently running for president, Szijjártó said that instability in the region would be a serious security risk for Hungary.
Under the prime minister, Serbia has made giant steps towards European integration which Hungary sees as the shortest way to stability, Szijjártó said. Serbia’s stability, in turn, is key to the stability of the whole region, he added.
Addressing the rally in Serbian, Szijjártó praised Vucic’s merits in “creating historical friendship between Hungary and Serbia” and his work done for ethnic Hungarians in Serbia. The minister pledged that Hungary would make every possible effort to prevent attempts by any EU institute or member state to thwart Serbia’s EU integration.
Improving relations between Serbia and neighbouring Hungary have created a better environment for ethnic Hungarians living in Serbia, Szijjártó said.
Serbia is scheduled to hold presidential elections on April 2, with Vucic a clear favourite.