Morocco, Albania to recognize Hungarian immunity certificates
Hungary has reached an agreement with Morocco on the mutual recognition of everyone’s Covid-19 immunity certificates, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday after talks with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita in Rabat. . Later in the day, the minister announced that the same applies to trips to Albania
From Thursday, Hungarian and Moroccan citizens who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer be required to remain isolated or present negative test results when entering each other’s countries, Szijjarto said during a joint press conference.
The minister noted that some 26,000 Hungarians had visited Morocco the year before the pandemic.
Szijjarto said that, like Hungary in Europe, Morocco is leading the Covid vaccination campaign in Africa. The reason was, he said, that neither country had approached the vaccine issue from an ideological or geopolitical point of view and they had both purchased Western and Eastern vaccines.
The governments of both countries see vaccines as a way to save lives, he added.
The two countries also consider it important to learn the right lessons from the pandemic and establish the conditions for strategic sovereignty, Szijjarto said, adding that this means being able to produce protective equipment, including vaccines.
Szijjarto said the pandemic posed serious economic, health and security challenges for the whole world, adding that this made cooperation between the European Union and Africa even more important.
He said North Africa plays a crucial role when it comes to EU security. While the North African region is unstable and non-peaceful, it cannot function as Europe’s “line of defense” against waves of migration, he said, adding that this poses risks for both. the safety and health of the continent.
Szijjarto stressed the need for the EU to strengthen its cooperation with its southern neighbors on the basis of mutual respect. Morocco, he added, was crucial to North Africa’s strength.
Hungary and Morocco apply similar approaches to a number of global political dilemmas, he said, adding that this has led to a strategic alliance and friendship between them.
He noted that both countries consider sovereignty to be important in terms of their past, present and future.
Hungary is therefore a strong supporter of Morocco both within the framework of the EU’s neighborhood policy and bilaterally, the minister said, noting Hungary’s support for Morocco’s candidacy for membership in the EU. UN Security Council.
Hungary is also providing financial support for the opening of its counterterrorism directorate in Rabat this month. Hungary remains a participant in the UN mission in Western Sahara and is ready for the Visegrad group to support Morocco’s border protection efforts.
Regarding economic relations, Szijjarto said Hungarian bank Eximbank has opened a $ 250 million line of credit to help finance Hungarian-Moroccan trade cooperation. Hungarian soft drink maker Hell Energy is already present in the Moroccan market and Hungary supplies X-ray machines to Moroccan military hospitals.
At the same time, Hungary has increased the number of scholarships it offers Moroccan university students from 150 to 165, he added.
Albania to honor Hungarian immunity certificates
Hungary has reached agreement with Albania on mutual recognition of everyone’s Covid-19 immunity certificates, Szijjarto said on Facebook.
Under the agreement, Hungarian and Albanian citizens who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 can enter each other’s countries without restrictions from Thursday, the minister said.
“If all goes well, we will come back with another announcement tomorrow,” Szijjarto added.
Earlier Wednesday, Hungary reached an agreement with Morocco on the mutual recognition of each other’s certificates of immunity.
Novak: Hungarians ‘enjoying life again’ thanks to high vaccination rate
Hungarians are enjoying life again thanks to the country’s high vaccination rate, said Katalin Novak, Minister of Family Affairs, in an interview with American television channel The Answer.
Hungary’s healthcare system never collapsed during the pandemic, and “we’re not recovering slowly from an economic point of view either,” she said in the English-language interview with the Pro program. America Report.
“We are returning to the workplace and. our employment rate is now as high as it was before the pandemic, Novak said.
Regarding family policies, she said that the Hungarian government wanted “to allow young people to have as many children as they want when they want to have them”.
Asked about abortion, she said it was “natural” for the government to “protect life”.
“We protect true freedom of choice, because you can choose to marry or not to marry, you can choose to have children or not to have children, you can choose to have a large family or not to have family at all, she said. “So I think the real choice is to be able to really consider those options and say, ‘I want to be a full-time mom’ or ‘I want to be a full-time employee and I don’t want to have kids.’ .
On immigration, she said there was a “national consensus” on opposing mass immigration and the need to protect the country’s borders.
Listen to the interview in full: