Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto signed MOUs on cooperation in energy between the diplomatic studies institutes in the two countries at a meeting in Cairo on Thursday.
Shoukry and Szijjarto also reviewed means for boosting bilateral cooperation and asserted the strength of relations in various fields during the meeting.
During the joint press conference that followed, Shoukry hailed the historic relations between the two countries, which were established 92 years ago and which he said had witnessed “a giant leap” in light of the directives issued by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban since 2014.
Shoukry also said that he had exchanged views with his Hungarian counterpart on regional issues of concern to the two countries.
They also tackled Egypt's relations with the European Union, Shoukry said, and the support provided by Hungary to Egypt, adding that Hungary understands the challenges facing Egypt and contributes to pushing the EU to understand such challenges.
Szijjarto said during the press conference that the EU should provide more support to Egypt, which is one of the most important countries in the region, noting that Europe's security begins with North Africa.
The Hungarian minister also discussed the issue of illegal immigration, saying that waves of immigration pose a health and medical threat at the present time.
Egypt has proven that illegal immigration by sea can be stopped, Szijjarto said.
In addition to tackling overall bilateral relations, Shoukry said that the pair “discussed opportunities for increasing Hungarian investments in Egypt, and the huge project to modernise Egypt's railway network."
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto signing two MOUs for cooperation in the field of oil and gas in Cairo on Thursday
In 2018, the Egyptian Railways Authority signed a 1.16 billion euro deal, the largest in the history of Egyptian railways, with Hungarian-Russian consortium Transmash Holding, to supply Egypt with 1,300 new train carriages.
The deal comprises 500 aerodynamically ventilated third-class coaches and 800 air conditioned coaches.
Of the air-conditioned carriage, 500 will be third-class, 180 will be luxury second-class, 90 will be luxury first-class, and 30 will be cafeterias, the statement said.
The Egyptian minister also said that the pair had touched upon the coronavirus situation in both countries and the efforts to combat the pandemic.
Shoukry also thanked Hungary for the 100 scholarships it had offered to Egyptian students.