On 8 December, President of Latvia, who is on an official visit in Budapest, met with the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán and the Speaker of Hungary’s National Assembly László Kövér to discuss the future of the European Union (EU), security of Europe and the role of the Three Seas Initiative.
On the future of the EU, President Levits stressed that despite different positions on some issues, Latvia and Hungary are looking forward to building a stronger Europe for its citizen and the world.
Speaker Kövér expressed Hungary’s solidarity with Latvia which is currently faced with Lukashenko regime’s hybrid attacks on EU’s external border. President Levits thanked the Speaker of the National Assembly for support and shared understanding. He also thanked Hungary for contributing to NATO’s Baltic Air-Policing Mission together with other Allies.
Meeting between President Levits and Hungarian Minister of Human Resources Professor Dr Miklós Kásler focused on further bilateral cooperation between Latvia and Hungary in the field of education, research and innovations. Meeting concluded with the signing of cooperation agreement between the University of Latvia and Hungary’s National Institute of Oncology, signed by Professor Mārcis Leja on behalf of the Latvian side, and cooperation agreement between Riga East University Hospital and Hungary’s National Institute of Oncology, signed by Professor Haralds Plaudis on behalf of the Latvian side. Hungary is the first Central and Eastern European country to acquire international accreditation for its comprehensive cancer centre.