Szijjarto discusses security cooperation with Seychelles counterpart
Szijjarto is the first Hungarian foreign minister to make an official visit to the Seychelles, the foreign ministry noted in a statement on Tuesday, adding that Szijjarto’s visit was a mark of the importance of developing ties between the two countries.
Given its location off the east coast of Africa, the Seychelles plays a key role in ensuring maritime security and eastern Africa’s stability, the ministry said. “In effect, it also protects Europe,” it added. Hungary therefore supports European Union plans to boost its “Atalanta” marine operation against piracy and to provide financial support with the aim of easing the burden on Seychelles institutions such as the judiciary, the statement said.
Szijjarto and Rodegonde agreed that a Hungarian company will use the Hungarian Eximbank’s 17 million dollar credit line to set up a cybersecurity centre in the Seychelles.
Also, the country’s health-care system is expanding capacity, and Hungary will accept medical students at its Semmelweis University in addition to ten grants offered every year to Seychelles students, he said.
Meanwhile, Hungary will train doctors, psychologists and health-care professionals to help the Seychelles in its fight against drugs, he said. Drug smuggling is an increasingly grave challenge worldwide, he noted, adding that the smuggling routes were shifting due to recent events in Afghanistan.
Hungary and the Republic of Seychelles have also agreed to mutually accept immunity certificates so that Hungarians can travel to the country, regardless of the vaccine they received, he said. The vaccination rate there is at 80 percent, making the country a safe tourist destination, he said.
Radegonde thanked Hungary for its educational provisions and he praised the country’s related achievements. The talks also touched on developing ties in tourism, cybersecurity, agriculture and investments.