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At the meeting of the Vice-President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Enn Eesmaa and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Péter Szijjártó today, mutual cooperation between the two Finno-Ugric countries and allied relations in the European Union and NATO were spoken about.

 

It was admitted at the meeting that over the years, excellent relations in the spheres of culture and education had been established between the two countries. Due to the tensed international security situation, defence cooperation has also become closer year by year.

It was also emphasised at the meeting that although the relations between Estonia and Hungary were very good, it was still important to intensify the cooperation between parliamentarians, which in its turn would contribute to the development of trade and tourism between the two countries.

Eesmaa thanked Hungary for its contribution to ensuring the security of the Baltic States, and noted that a company-size unit of Hungarian troops had served in Estonia the whole summer in the framework of deterrence. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary said that Hungary was also planning to participate in the air policing of the Baltic States again in 2019. Eesmaa added that the issues of migration crisis were also discussed at the meeting.

Mihkelson emphasised at the meeting that the developments which threatened global stability and peace required unity and efforts in observing international law and ensuring the security of the region from countries sharing similar values.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary acknowledged the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and noted that other member states could to learn from the Estonian digital services. Eesmaa and Mihkelson wished Hungary success in holding the Presidency of Visegrád Group. Hungary started its Presidency of Visegrád Group in July, at the same time as the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Photos of the meeting

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