Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu had a meeting on Monday with Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto within a working lunch and spoke with him about regional security and the relationship of the two neighboring countries.
The Romanian side “reiterated its commitment to the development of the bilateral relationship in the spirit of a real strategic partnership based on mutual respect between the two neighboring states, member of the European and Euro-Atlantic areas, as well as in accordance with the Strategic Partnership between the two countries,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs in a press release.
At the same time, the importance of the economic cooperation was emphasized, including in terms of bilateral sectoral cooperation on the basis of ongoing projects in areas such as energy and infrastructure.
As to energy cooperation, the importance of diversifying routes and supply sources has been underscored, in order to ensure energy security at regional and European level.
PSD’s Dragnea, meeting with Peter Szijjarto: We are interested in strenghtening sectoral cooperation
Speaker of the Deputies Chamber Liviu Dragnea on Monday met the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Hungary, Peter Szijjarto (photo), on which occasion he underscored the importance of further development of economic cooperation between the two countries: “considering that Romania and Hungary are both significant trade partners.”
“We are committed to further strengthening our bilateral relation, the Romanian-Hungarian Strategic Partnership. (…) We are also interested in strengthening sectoral cooperation, based on the projects that were already achieved and the ongoing ones, especially in such fields as energy or infrastructure, as well as in identifying new opportunities for cooperation and for increasing investments in these sectors. We must continue with our constructive approach and to work as partners to both countries’ interests. I reiterated the fact that Romania has always been a factor of regional stability, and our positioning over time conformed us that only through dialogue and real concern for a good vicinity we can successfully manage any developments in our bilateral track,” Dragnea wrote on his Facebook page.
Senate’s Tariceanu meets Hungary’s Foreign Affairs Minister Szijjarto; implementation of joint Romanian-Hungarian projects on agenda
The economic and strategic dimension of the bilateral cooperation between Romania and Hungary and the opportunity to put into practice some projects and investments in areas such as energy and infrastructure were some of the topics tackled by Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Hungary’s visiting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto at their meeting on Monday.
“The discussions also offered both sides the opportunity to reaffirm the importance of parliamentary diplomacy, Mr Calin Popescu-Tariceanu revealing that Romania’s Senate aims at strengthening Parliaments’ role in promoting cooperation in the security and defence areas, an example in this regard being the organisation in Bucharest, in 2018, of the First Parliamentary Summit of the Bucharest B9 format, a platform of dialogue and regional cooperation in terms of security of the countries on the Eastern flank of NATO, where Hungary also participates,” a release of the Senate issued on Monday reveals.
According to the quoted source, Peter Szijjarto said that Romania is an important strategic partner for Hungary, mentioning the significant level of economic exchanges, the importance of boosting cooperation between the business communities of the two countries and the success that the Hungarian investors enjoy on the Romanian market.
Furthermore, also highlighted were both the important contributions which the Romanian community in Hungary and the Hungarian community in Romania have in ensuring the continuity of the bilateral dialogue under various aspects.
Within the meeting, topical issues of the European agenda were tackled, such as topics of interest at regional level, with a focus on outlooks for consultation and extended regional cooperation, the release mentions.
MTI: Romania and Hungary agree on natural gas delivery
Romania will settle the technical conditions for the natural gas exports to Hungary by 2020, in compliance with the agreement signed on Monday in Bucharest by the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the two countries, Peter Szijjarto and Teodor Melescanu, the MTI Hungarian press agency informs.
According to Peter Szijjarto, starting with 2020, great quantities of natural gas extracted from the Black Sea will be delivered to Hungary. Peter Szijjarto added that the Hungarian companies have already ordered the entire capacity of 4.4 billion cubic metres per year of the supply pipeline connecting Romania to Hungary.
“This is the first opportunity Hungary has had in the last decades in buying larger quantities of natural gas from a source other than Russia,” Peter Szijjarto said, adding that this cooperation agreement represents a historic progress for ensuring Hungary’s energy security.
Previously, Energy Minister Anton Anton stated that he supports the exploitation of natural gas in the Black Sea, but this must be carried out so that Romania obtain the maximum profit.