MFAs of Ukraine and Hungary acknowledge positive dynamics of ‘education’ dialogue.

Representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Hungary acknowledged the positive dynamics of the dialogue on education reform in Ukraine and agreed to begin preparations for a meeting of the Joint Ukrainian-Hungarian Commission for National Minority Rights.

The Embassy of Ukraine in Hungary released a corresponding statement following the Ukrainian-Hungarian political consultations in Kyiv at the level of Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar and Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary András Baranyi.

As noted, the parties discussed the implementation of the agreements between the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Hungary, coordinated further steps to develop cooperation in the political, security, trade, energy, humanitarian spheres and within international organizations.

"The parties praised the dynamics of the dialogue on education reform in Ukraine, in particular on ensuring the observance of educational rights of the Hungarian national minority in Ukraine and the Ukrainian national minority in Hungary. The parties prepared to sign an agreement on mutual recognition of educational documents and degrees. The diplomats also agreed to start preparing a meeting of the Joint Ukrainian-Hungarian Commission for National Minority Rights," the statement reads.

Bodnar and Baranyi paid special attention to the preparation of the meeting of the Joint Ukrainian-Hungarian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation under the chairmanship of the foreign ministers and demonstrated a common approach to the risks and threats posed by Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction to the two countries and Europe as a whole.

Bodnar stressed the importance of intensifying political dialogue at the highest level and again invited Hungary to take part in the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform and events marking the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.

Baranyi noted that Hungary supported the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders, its European and Euro-Atlantic choices.

The delegations also discussed the state and prospects of joint projects for the development of border infrastructure and the construction of crossing points on the Ukrainian-Hungarian border.

The Deputy Foreign Minister confirmed the proposal of the Ukrainian side to hold a meeting of the Joint Ukrainian-Hungarian Intergovernmental Commission on Cross-Border and Border Cooperation in Zakarpattia region in August this year.

The parties also praised the launch of the Ukrainian-Hungarian Joint Commission on Border Traffic Control in March 2021.

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