Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto (L) holds a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry (R) in Cairo, 23 February 2021 (photo courtesy of the Egyptian foreign ministry)
Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Egypt deserves European financial support thanks to its efforts in stopping illegal immigration, after he met in Cairo with his Egyptian Counterpart, Sameh Shoukry.
In a press conference following their meeting, the Hungarian FM expressed his appreciation of the Egyptian efforts that succeeded in curbing illegal immigration to Europe from Egyptian coasts, proving that stopping the phenomenon across the sea is not impossible.
Szijjarto affirmed his country's opposition to the European Commission’s tendency to link European support to Egypt with political conditions. He said Egypt’s immigration efforts have served the whole of Europe.
The Egyptian FM, Shoukry, said that he is with Szijjarto and Hungary’s role in supporting the relations between Egypt and the European Union (EU), while shedding light on the challenges Egypt faces and the need for the EU's political and economic support to Egypt in order to address these challenges.
Shoukry said the Egyptian-EU relations would also help in addressing common challenges, like achieving security, resolving the Palestinian cause and facing terrorism-related challenges as well as stopping illegal immigration.
“Egypt has made big efforts in this regard … we have stopped the water path of illegal immigration from the Egyptian coasts,” the Egyptian FM added.
Szijjarto said Hungary has handed Egypt 259 railcars and would continue to provide railcars to Egypt on a regular basis until 2023.
Szijjarto added that it is the largest exportation deal in the transportation field between the two countries.
Shoukry said he and Szijjarto discussed means to boost trade exchange between the two countries and also the project to develop the railway system in Egypt.
Shoukry added that Hungary, within the framework of the project, would provide to Egypt 1,300 Hungarian-Russian made railcars.
“We look forward to continuing [the] cooperation between each other in various frameworks,” said Shoukry.
Szijjarto said Hungary is also working on constructing huge water pumps in Egypt’s Sinai.
The Hungarian FM noted that his country would benefit from Egyptian natural gas after the construction of a gas pipeline between Greece and Belgium.
He also added that his country is negotiating with Cairo the delivery of natural gas to Hungary at an appropriate price, highlighting the opportunity for Egypt to export natural gas to Central Europe through Hungary.
During the meeting, both ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the international development cooperation field between the two ministries.
They also signed a letter of intent for cooperation between the Egyptian Agricultural Museum and the Museum and Library of Hungarian Agriculture, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.
Shoukry said, during the press conference, that he discussed with his Hungarian counterpart the means to strengthen bilateral relations and thanked the Hungarian government for providing scholarships to the Egyptian students.
“There are also many other cooperation fields linking the two countries, including scholarships granted by Hungary, which Egyptian students in various fields benefit from,” said Shoukry.