New Foreign Minister Nominates State Secretaries
(MTI) – Tibor Navracsics, Hungary’s minister for foreign affairs and external economy, has named his candidates for state secretarial positions in his ministry.
Speaking on commercial InfoRadio on Friday evening, Navracsics said he would propose to the prime minister Monika Balatoni as state secretary in charge of cultural diplomacy, Eniko Gyori of EU affairs, Marcell Biro for public administration, Peter Szijjarto as parliamentary state secretary, Istvan Mikola state secretary responsible for international cooperation, as well as Laszlo Szabo for the external economy.
Concerning Hungary’s foreign policy, Navracsics said that the country needs to build alliances around it in an increasing radius. He said that the government’s opening to the east strategy must not involve “closing to the west” and added that Hungary needs allies within the European Union together which the country could “multiply its strength”.
The minister said he would continue cooperation with other members of the Visegrad group, and extend that cooperation to Slovenia, Croatia and countries in the Balkans.
Navracsics said he would make his first foreign ministerial visit to Slovenia on Wednesday and then, proceeding anti-clockwise, meet his counterparts in all neighbouring countries.
On another subject, Navracsics said that Hungary is interested in the European Council’s nominating the next president of the European Commission, rather than a nomination by the European Parliament.
Navracsics was appointed as foreign minister of the 3rd Orban government earlier on Friday.
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