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Hungarian foreign minister to visit Philippines  

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Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto will be flying to the Philippines for the third time purportedly to strengthen diplomatic relations between the two countries, particularly in education, water technology, agriculture, culture, and sports.

Szijjarto will be in Manila on June 13 for an official visit, which includes meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual, and Migrant Workers Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac.

The Hungarian top diplomat will sit down with Manalo for the 8th iteration of Philippines-Hungary Political Consultations following the previous talk that was held in Budapest in 2022.

“The visit is part of Foreign Minister Szijjarto’s official tour of Southeast Asia, and marks his third trip to the Philippines in his current role,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.

Szijjarto previously visited the Philippines in 2017 to meet Manalo, who was then an acting Foreign Affairs secretary, and in 2020 to engage with former Foreign Affairs chief Teodoro Locsin Jr.

“The visit highlights the ongoing celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Hungary,” DFA said.

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

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