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Wednesday, 1 March 2023

El Sisi, Orban talk migration, Ukraine and food + energy insecurity

Hungary PM in Egypt for talks with El Sisi: Talks between President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán focused on boosting economic ties between the two countries, El Sisi said in a joint press conference yesterday (watch, runtime: 1:50). They agreed on the “significant benefit” for Hungarian investors from investing in the country, especially in the SCZone, and discussed ways to cooperate in the face of global food and energy insecurity, he said. The two witnessed the signing of several MoUs in areas including the peaceful use of nuclear energy, youth and sports, academic scholarships, higher education, and scientific research (watch, runtime: 8:24).

Illegal migration, Ukrainian war tops the conversation: El Sisi and Orbán also discussed the Russian invasion of Ukraine and illegal migration, according to a statement by the Hungarian PM’s office. He said that Egypt agrees on the necessity of peace to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian crisis rather than escalating fighting. “Hungary is interested in peace, we will do everything to reduce the risk of war escalation. We also undertake disputes with the Western world, as we want a diplomatic solution, a ceasefire, and peace negotiations,” Orbán said. He thanked Egypt for being a “line of defense against illegal migration” to Europe.

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