Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó has declared his support for the initiative according to which the Republic of Maldives should be afforded visa-free travel into the European Union.
During a meeting with his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid in New Delhi on 15th January, Péter Szijjártó expressed Hungary’s satisfaction with the EU’s decision to lift the economic sanctions it had imposed on the island nation.
According to MTI, Hungary’s Eximbank has opened a 30 million euro credit line to promote Hungarian investments in water management, food safety and tourism in the country.
Minister Szijjártó also briefed his negotiating partners on the Hungarian government’s energy and climate protection strategy, in view of the fact that the Maldives are particularly endangered by the rise in sea level being cause by climate change, and in closing offered 15 scholarship places for students from the Maldives to attend Hungarian universities.
Hungary and the Maldives mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations this year.