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Reinsalu in Budapest: Hungary is an important ally for Estonia on NATO and transatlantic unity

18. November 2019 - 17:16

Today 18 November, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu met with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó to discuss, among other things, European security, transatlantic unity, migration and the enlargement policy of the European Union.

The foreign ministers discussed the upcoming meeting of NATO foreign ministers and the meeting of NATO leaders taking place in London in early December. According to Reinsalu, Hungary is an important like-minded country and ally for Estonia when it comes to many security issues. “NATO is and must remain a cornerstone of European security. Instead of questioning the role of NATO, all members have a responsibility to maintain transatlantic unity and enhance cooperation between the European Union and NATO,” the Foreign Minister stressed.

The Foreign Minister thanked Hungary for its active contribution to the security of the Baltic States, such as recently leading the NATO air policing mission in Šiauliai, Lithuania. However, Reinsalu emphasised that Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine constitutes a broader security threat to Europe, which is why it is particularly important to maintain a united transatlantic position and adhere to the European Union’s policy towards Russia.

The ministers also discussed migration and current European Union affairs, including the next multiannual financial framework, Brexit and the enlargement of the European Union. “The enlargement policy of the European Union is one issue where Estonia and Hungary are in complete agreement. The European Union must not turn its back to the Western Balkans, instead, it must be a reliable and encouraging partner in their reform efforts,” Reinsalu said.

Bilateral topics discussed included the continuation of the successful cultural cooperation between the countries, and possibilities for increased economic cooperation. Reinsalu highlighted the Three Seas Initiative as an important example, and called on Hungary and local companies to actively participate in the 2020 summit in Tallinn.

The Foreign Minister also outlined Estonia’s upcoming elected membership in the UN Security Council and was briefed on the latest developments in Hungary.


Additional information:

Britta Tarvis
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
+372 637 7627 / +372 5194 7045

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