President George Vella today held a meeting with Péter Szijjártó Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. Discussions covered a range of issues of a bilateral and regional nature, with a focus on European Union matters.
At the outset President Vella, recalled hosting the President of Hungary Katalin Novak in Malta to participate at the Arraiolos meeting held in October. The President termed bilateral relations as excellent, expressing satisfaction at the recent intensification of trade, investment and air connectivity between the two countries. People-to-people relations have also experienced a positive turn with a sizeable Hungarian community in Malta and Maltese students pursuing specialised veterinary education and training in Hungary.
On his part, Minister Szijjártó commended Malta on its upcoming position as a non-Permanent seat on the UN Security Council and expressed support to its envisaged programme and initiatives. The Minister gave a thorough explanation of the latest situation concerning the issue of rule of law discussions within the European Union.
Detailed exchanges were also held on migration patterns affecting the two countries, energy security in light of the war in Ukraine and the Conference on the Future of Europe.