Hungarian FM to visit Philippines this week

2024 June 11

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjárto (Hungary Ministry of Foreign Affairs photo)

MANILA – Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjárto will visit the Philippines on June 13, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Tuesday.

Szijjártó, together with Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, will lead the 8th Philippines-Hungary Political Consultations.

He will also meet with Secretaries Alfredo Pascual of Trade and Hans Leo Cacdac of Migrant Workers.

The bilateral meeting follows the 2022 Philippines-Hungary Political Consultations in Budapest, during which the two states reviewed the status of pending agreements on financial cooperation and transport.

In past consultations, the two states also looked into ways to further utilize existing agreements on agriculture and science and technology, with focus on sustainable agriculture and information technology.

Both sides at that time also looked into a possible bilateral labor agreement to govern the labor cooperation between the two countries.

The visit highlights the ongoing celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Hungary.

To date, Hungary remains a key partner of the Philippines in education, water technology, agriculture, culture, and sports.

“The two countries’ relations are marked by a shared commitment to democracy, rule of law, and compliance with international law,” the DFA said.

This visit is part of the Hungarian top diplomat’s official tour of Southeast Asia and marks his third trip to the Philippines in his current role.

He previously visited in 2017, meeting Manalo who was then-acting Foreign Affairs Secretary, and in 2020, engaging with then-Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. 

Joyce Ann L. Rocamora (PNA)