Locsin in Hungary to strengthen ties

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. with Hungarian National Assembly Speaker Laszlo Kover. PHOTO BY DFA

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. is in Hungary for an official visit to strengthen relations between Manila and Budapest, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday. Mr. Locsin is scheduled to meet his counterpart Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto “to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and global developments.” He also had a courtesy call with Hungarian National Assembly Speaker Laszlo Kover. “Secretary Locsin’s visit will provide an opportunity for him to share with Hungarian policy makers, business leaders, and members of the academe developments that have been taking place in the Philippines,” the DFA said. The Foreign Affairs Secretary will also visit the headquarters of the Hungarian Water Technology Corporation, which builds water and wastewater treatment systems, flood protection infrastructures, and hydro construction structures worldwide. After his Hungary visit, the DFA said Mr. Locsin will head to Germany to attend the Munich Security Conference from Feb. 15 to 17, which will tackle European Union’s transatlantic cooperation as well as the future of arms control and cooperation in defense policy. — Camille A. Aguinaldo