Hungary and Lithuania both assign strategic importance to cooperation between their two countries, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after talks with Gabrielius Landsbergis, his Lithuanian counterpart.
Nothing exemplifies the level of solidarity between the two countries more than the fact that Hungary has now twice played a leading role in the protection of Lithuania’s air space, Szijjártó told MTI after his videoconference with Landsbergis. The minister said Hungary will again be in charge of patrolling the Baltic country’s air space between September and December next year, as well as in 2025. Both countries have an interest in the creation of a north-south infrastructural and energy axis in central Europe, Szijjártó said, noting that the Visegrad Group Hungary forms with the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia was working on building a fast railway link between Budapest and Warsaw. Meanwhile, the Baltic states are preparing to build a high-speed railway line linking their own countries, he added. Connecting the two lines would create a rail link extending from the Baltics to Hungary, Szijjártó said.
Concerning bilateral economic cooperation, the minister said a consortium of Lithuanian companies has been contracted to build the new laser system for the ELI Laser Research Centre in Szeged, in southern Hungary. He said Hungary and Lithuania were also working together in challenging the European Union’s mobility package in the Court of Justice of the European Union on the grounds that it puts central European road haulage companies at a disadvantage.