Bilateral Ties With Serbia


Hungary and Serbia have demonstrated of the past year what good neighbourly ties with mutual benefits look like, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after talks with Nikola Selaković, his Serbian counterpart.


Hungary’s changing economy has been greatly influenced by cooperation with Serbia, he said, adding that Hungarian companies were now making successful investments abroad. The government, he noted, has given support to six Hungarian companies so far for their investments in Serbia totalling 13 billion forints. Szijjártó also praised Belgrade’s “exemplary attitude” towards Serbia’s Hungarian community, saying both countries regarded Vojvodina Hungarians as a resource and a community connecting Serbs and Hungarians. The minister also noted “a new chapter” in Hungary’s energy supply starting in October thanks to a 15km interconnector over the Hungary-Serbia border, completing Hungary’s national gas pipeline network. Selaković welcomed “extremely good relations” between the two governments and also between individual politicians, contributing to good bilateral ties. This year, the sixth Hungarian-Serbian government summit will focus on the strategic partnership between the two countries, he noted. He referred to joint projects such as the impending construction of the Belgrade-Budapest rail line and the renovation of the Szeged-Subotica-Baja rail line. He thanked Hungary for its help in Serbia’s fight against the coronavirus epidemic and he also expressed gratitude for Hungary’s continued support for Serbia’s European integration. The two foreign ministers also agreed to maintain a joint diplomatic and consular office in Santiago de Chile, Valletta and Lusaka.


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