The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, underlined, Monday in Budapest, the role of Morocco as a “key” country in the fight against irregular immigration.
“We consider Morocco as a key country in terms of the fight against illegal immigration and we appreciate its role in this matter”, indicated the Hungarian minister during a press conference, after a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita.
Szijjártó also noted that Morocco, a strategic country for the stability and for the development of Africa, is “important” for the security of Europe, insisting in this regard on the need for the EU to support the Kingdom. and its development.
He also stressed that Morocco and Hungary share the same vision on several issues of common interest, noting that the two countries have a similar commitment in terms of security and the fight against terrorism.
Regarding the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hungarian minister noted that Rabat and Budapest had the same approach with regard to vaccination, refusing to take into account “political and ideological” considerations when it is about the protection of human life.
The Hungarian minister also reiterated his country’s desire to further develop economic and trade exchanges with Morocco and to explore new areas of bilateral cooperation.
For his part, Bourita praised the “positive” dynamic in bilateral relations between the Kingdom and Hungary, which was consolidated by the visit made last June by Szijjártó to Morocco.
He noted in this sense that the two countries have a convergence of views on several issues of common interest, noting that the strengthening of cooperation links with Hungary and the other countries of the Visegrád group, namely Poland, the Republic Czech Republic and Slovakia, is part of Morocco’s strategy of diversifying international partnerships, inspired by the royal vision.
Nasser Bourita underlined that the Kingdom aspires to diversify its partnerships within the EU and to open up more to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
Noting that Morocco is Hungary’s 3rd trade partner in Africa, he said that the Kingdom will work to boost a real economic partnership with this country.
Bourita welcomed in this context the holding of the fourth session of the Morocco-Hungary Joint Economic Commission, scheduled for Budapest in March 2022, and a business forum on the sidelines of this commission.
“Morocco is a credible and reliable partner and enjoys great stability, which allows it to give its partners more visibility on the prospects for cooperation”, he observed, also insisting on the importance of strengthen triangular cooperation between Morocco, Hungary and the African continent.
Highlighting Morocco’s African policy under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, Bourita also highlighted the Kingdom’s strategy on migration and asylum and its efforts for the integration of migrants.
The head of Moroccan diplomacy also had a meeting with the President of the National Assembly of Hungary, László Köver, which was an opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation between the parliamentary institutions of the two countries and to give a new impetus to bilateral relations between Rabat and Budapest.