Štátny tajomník Ivan Korčok prijal maďarského ministra zahraničných vecí a obchodu P. Szijjártóa
State Secretary Korčok receives Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, received today (6 February 2018) at the ministry offices Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary with whom he had just officially opened a new building of the Embassy of Hungary in Bratislava. State Secretary Korčok stated in this regard: “I congratulated the minister on the new premises of the embassy, which reflects the importance of Slovak-Hungarian political and economic relations as well as the relations between our citizens that we would like to continue to develop. These create conditions for strengthening person-to-person, business and cultural contacts, as well as realizing joint events – because modern diplomacy is not done behind closed doors anymore."
During their talks the partners appreciated the good neighborly relations, historically at the best level ever, which is also attested to by numerous bilateral meetings of our top-level representatives. They also highlighted the mutual economic and trade cooperation. They emphasized the importance of cross-border cooperation and infrastructure – road and railway connections between Slovakia and Hungary that bring benefit for the citizens of both countries. They also deemed as important reinforcing energy security through building gas and oil pipeline connections, which are not only in the interest of our countries but also to the entire Visegrad region. State Secretary Korčok stated that the prerequisite to maintaining good mutual relations is empathy about sensitive issues, for instance in recollecting historical anniversaries such as 1918 for Slovakia and 1920 for Hungary.
Both partners also confirmed the significance of the V4 as an important instrument and platform for searching for, coordinating and promoting a joint response to current challenges within the EU. In this regard they paid attention to the discussion on the future of Europe, migration and the EU enlargement process. They especially delved into migration, wherein they supported the need for consensual adoption of sustainable European migration and asylum policies, invariably confirming their positions in rejecting mandatory quotas as a solution to the migration crisis.