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1. The Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó made a visit to Brazil on the 7th and 8th of October. In Brasilia, on the 8th, he met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Ernesto Araújo, with whom he co-chaired the 5th Brazil-Hungary Joint Economic Commission. Minister Szijjártó also made a courtesy visit to President Jair Bolsonaro.

2. The Ministers stressed that Brazil and Hungary share common values and principles firmly grounded in the conviction that national identity is a fundamental human right and the basis for a healthy society.

3. The Ministers agreed that global or transnational issues should not serve as a pretext for imposing policies to the detriment of national institutions or for violating national identity while ignoring the will of the people. In nations and in the people lies international legitimacy.

4. They also stressed that the multilateral system must be fundamentally a space for coordination between sovereign nations in order to ensure a prosperous and peaceful international coexistence.

5. Brazil and Hungary have chosen a path that combines economic freedom with a strong sense of national identity and its values. They are convinced that these two dimensions - economic freedom and values - mutually reinforce each other.

6. Brazil and Hungary reiterate the high importance of environmental protection and their international commitments in this regard. The two sides understand that environmental preservation should be associated with the development needs of each country according to their priorities and in full respect of their sovereignty.

7. Ministers welcomed the recent high-level bilateral meetings. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán attended the inauguration of President Jair Bolsonaro last January. In May, the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ernesto Araújo made the first official visit of a Brazilian Foreign Minister to Budapest in 92 years of bilateral relations.

8. In Brasilia, the ministers decided to reinvigorate the economic partnership and bilateral investments, in close coordination with the private sectors of both countries, within the framework of the Brazil-Hungary Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation.

9. Brazil and Hungary have committed to intensify their efforts to ratify the Interregional Association Agreement between Mercosul and the European Union so that it can be an instrument for creating business and investment opportunities, promoting competitiveness and the fomentation of sustainability.

10. Hungary's economy is one of the most dynamic in Europe, having grown more than the EU average. In the first half of this year, its growth reached about 5%. Hungary becomes an increasingly important economic actor for Brazil.

11. During the Joint Commission, we explored initiatives to deepen bilateral cooperation in the following areas: water resources management, science and technology cooperation, space technology cooperation, agriculture and educational and cultural cooperation.

12. Both parties stressed the importance of the “Stipendium Hungaricum” scholarship programme and welcomed the advanced negotiations for the signing of the Implementing Arrangement to the Agreement on Cultural Cooperation with a view to renewing the programme of cooperation for the years 2020-2022. They also agreed to allocate 30 scholarships awarded yearly under the programme to studies in the field of nuclear energy.

13. During the last UN General Assembly, Brazil and Hungary, co-chaired the high-level event “Rebuilding Lives, Rebuilding Communities: Ensuring a Future for Persecuted Christians”, which advocated the adoption by the international community of concrete measures to prevent attacks motivated by religion or creed, such as ensuring the sanctity of places of worship for all religions.

14. The ministers stressed the holding, next November, of the 2nd International Conference on the Persecution of Christians, organized by the Hungarian government. Brazil and Hungary are at the forefront of this important international human rights issue and believe that there is no better way to preserve peace and security than to protect and promote one of the fundamental human values: religious freedom.

15. Both reiterated the recognition of Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela, with the mandate to organize free and fair presidential elections as soon as possible. They sympathized with the Venezuelan people and pledged to continue working for democracy in that country.

16. Finally, the ministers welcomed the presence of approximately one hundred thousand Hungarian descendants in Brazil, especially in São Paulo and the southern states.

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