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State Secretary Raščan meets Hungarian Minister of State for Security Policy Sztáray

State Secretary Dr Stanislav Raščan met with Minister of State for Security Policy at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Sztáray, in Budapest. They discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries and the current situation in Ukraine.

Slovenia and Hungary have established regular dialogue at the highest political level and also between line ministries. Their cooperation within multilateral forums is excellent. Regarding the current developments in Ukraine, State Secretary Dr Raščan and Minister of State Sztáray welcomed the rapid and united response of the European Union and NATO. They underlined the importance of enhanced multilateral cooperation to ensure peace and security and pointed to the need for peaceful conflict resolution. They also touched on the issue of refugees and displaced persons from Ukraine. State Secretary Dr Raščan stressed the need to increase military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

As part of his visit to Budapest, State Secretary Dr Raščan also met with István Joó, Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, with whom he discussed possibilities to strengthen cooperation on the economy and tourism and the progress in the construction of individual cross-border infrastructure connections.

On the margins of the visit to Budapest, State Secretary Dr Raščan also held talks with ambassadors and representatives of countries covering Slovenia from Budapest, i.e. with the heads of embassies of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Algeria, Moldova, Canada, Latvia and Malaysia. He expressed interest in enhancing bilateral and multilateral cooperation, particularly in the light of security challenges in Ukraine and the world. He also gave a lecture entitled Implementation of the Foreign Policy Strategy of the Republic of Slovenia for students of the Corvinus University, at which he addressed current foreign policy challenges, including the war in Ukraine, in an interactive discussion. 

State Secretary Dr Raščan also attended a concert of the Slovenian Vinko Vodopivec Academic Choir and presented the award of the Slovenian Government Office for Slovenians Abroad to the President of the Association of Slovenians in Budapest, Ágóta Kállay, to mark the occasion of its 30th anniversary.