Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said during a visit to Slovenia that both countries are in favour of the EU's enlargement to the Western Balkans due to the proximity of the Western Balkans, Hina news agency reported Thursday.
He visited Slovenia on Wednesday, to which Hungary temporarily lent 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to speed up the vaccination process in this country, and met with Prime Minister Janez Jansa and Foreign Minister Anze Logar.
“We are very committed to the enlargement, we feel that after Brexit the EU needs a success story and new members. If we look at Serbia or Montenegro, we see that both have done a lot to join the Union and the benefits of joining them would be mutual,” Szijjártó told Slovenian Television, adding that such a move would calm tensions in a region burdened with unresolved issues.
However, he added that some countries, such as France and the Netherlands, are not in favour of enlargement, and that member states that are in favour of the Balkan integration into the EU do not have the majority.
The Central European states and the Visegrad Four strongly support the expansion, the more distant states, unfortunately, do not, said the head of Hungarian diplomacy.