A meeting in Malta between the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo and Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds, Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, with the Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjártó, has continued to strengthen Maltese-Hungarian relations.
Minister Bartolo has expressed his satisfaction at the fact that Malta has been chosen to host more than 8,000 Hungarian students sponsored by the country’s Government to follow intensive courses in the English language in various schools around Malta.
At the same time, the two Ministers reiterated their commitment to continue working together to increase tourism between Malta and Hungary to regain the positive rhythm which had been achieved over the last few years before the impact of the pandemic.
The two sides also discussed the situation in Libya and in Africa and the effects on the Mediterranean and Europe. Within this context, they spoke about the need for the EU to protect its borders in the Mediterranean and work with African countries for their development and creation of jobs in Africa itself.
The two sides agreed on the need for a continuous fight against the trafficking of immigrants, to opening a centre to process asylum applications, and to the repatriation of those who do not qualify for asylum, while strengthening the Libyan coastguard.
During a press conference following the meeting, Minister Bartolo thanked Minister Szijjártó, after the latter declared that Hungary will be supporting Malta in the 2022 elections for a non-permanent chair at the UN Security Council.