Malta was chosen among a number of countries to host over 8000 Hungarians students sponsored by the Hungarian government to take intensive English-language courses in various dedicated schools around Malta.
This was discussed during a meeting between Minister for Foreign Affairs Evarist Bartolo, Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi and Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó his brief visit to Malta.
The commitment to increase cooperation and strengthen tourism between Malta and Hungary, and to re-establish the positive trend which dominated recent years, before the COVID-19 pandemic, were also discussed.
In a statement, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs said that the two sides also discussed the dire situation in Libya, in Africa, the spill-over effects on the Mediterranean and, by consequence, Europe. In this regard, they spoke on the need for the EU to protect its Mediterranean border and to engage with African countries to sustain development and job creation in the same continent.
Both sides agreed on the need to maintain a constant fight against human smuggling, to open asylum application processing centres, to repatriate failed asylum seekers and to strengthen the Libyan Coast Guard.
Minister Szijjártó also declared that Hungary will be supporting Malta in the 2022 election for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.