Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó held bilateral talks with Romanian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Sorin Grindeanu on September 1, 2023 in Timișoara. After the meeting, the two ministers signed agreements on the establishment of two new border crossings. One will be built between Kübekháza and Óbéba (Beba Veche) and will be ready for use within two years. The other involves the reconstruction of the Maros bridge, which was blown up in 1940, between Magyarcsanád and Csanád (Cenad). This increases the number of crossing points on the border of the two countries from 12 to 14. In addition, two highway connections are currently under construction, one of which will be completed in 2025 and the other in 2030, that will increase the number of crossings to sixteen. There are also ten road connections between the two countries, which for the time being can only be kept open one day a week because Romania has not yet been allowed to enter the Schengen area. The minister stated that it is Hungary's national interest to have Romania within the Schengen area as soon as possible. It is high time to stop disturbing the relationship between the two countries with border controls. The two countries are connected by millions of threads, both in the literal and figurative sense of the word, and the more points connect the two countries physically, the better and more productive, more successful our cooperation will be - he emphasized. The minister said: a meeting of the transport working group between the two countries will be convened at the end of September. A border area can develop really well if the border does not separate this area from the one on the other side of the border, but connects them. This is why we made the strategic decision together with the Romanian government to increase the number of border crossing points. The coming years will be about large joint Hungarian-Romanian road constructions on the border of the two countries, he added. Minister Péter Szijjártó emphasized that Romania is Hungary's third most important export market and an excellent investment location for Hungarian investors, and the two countries have important national communities of theirs living in each other's territory.