Rinkēvičs expressed satisfaction with the close bilateral relations, with a special focus on the centenary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Latvia and Hungary to be marked in 2021. The Foreign Minister thanked Hungary for its involvement in NATO’s collective defence measures in the region and for the decision to continue participation in the Baltic Air Policing mission.
He also expressed appreciation for Hungary’s decision to join the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence and he underlined that the fight against disinformation needs a coordinated and systematic long-term approach, that the EU strategic communication should be reinforced, including the East StratCom Task Force, and that a higher responsibility and transparency of the media should be achieved.
During his visit, the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade also met with the Metropolitan Archbishop of Riga, Zbigņevs Stankevičs, the Minister of Economy, Ralfs Nemiro, and the Director of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Jānis Sārts, as well as giving an interview to Ansis Bogustovs of the Rīga TV 24 “Globuss” programme.
You can watch the English-language version of the joint press conference of the foreign ministers above.