PM Orban and President Macron meet in Paris
The two leaders discussed a number of European issues over a working dinner, according to a press release issued by the Elysee Palace.
On Monday, 13 March, French President Emmanuel Macron and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban consulted over a working dinner at the Elysee Palace. At the meeting, the two leaders discussed the situation in Ukraine and European issues, according to the joint press release issued by the French president’s office.
The French head of state emphasized the importance of Europe’s united support for Ukraine against Russia’s aggression, with special regard to the strict application of sanctions against Russia.
The two politicians spoke about the ratification of Finland’s and Sweden’s accession to NATO, and about reforms of mutual interest, which the Hungarian parliament will discuss in the coming weeks.
France’s president and Hungary’s premier discussed the issues of European industrial policy and competitiveness and the subject of migration in preparation for the European Council meeting to be held on 23 and 24 March, reads a statement by the French president’s office.
The two politicians then discussed their convergent visions in the fields of defence and energy, and touched upon a possible alliance of the 11 countries supporting nuclear energy in Europe.
The discussion also focused on the common commitment of the two countries to the continued development of concrete cooperation within the framework of the European Political Community (EPC), with special emphasis on communication between its members.
Hungary’s prime minister thanked the French president for the meeting on Twitter.
Working dinner with @EmmanuelMacron in Paris today. We discussed the #RussiaUkraineWar, energy security, strengthening Europe’s competitiveness and the European defense industry. Merci, Emmanuel! pic.twitter.com/r6cYGtunFH
— Orbán Viktor (@PM_ViktorOrban) March 13, 2023