On April 4, 2023, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary paid a visit to Bucharest, where he held a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Hunor Kelemen, President of UDMR/RMDSZ/, Deputy Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure and Minister of Energy Virgil-Daniel Popescu. According to the assessment of Minister Péter Szijjártó, the role of UDMR/RMDSZ/ in the Government of Romania has contributed to the development of Hungarian-Romanian cooperation in many areas. He expressed his pleasure that the representatives of the Romanian government leadership speak positively and respectfully about the party (UDMR/RMDSZ) and its politicians. We see the Hungarian national community living here as a resource and a bridge, which is constantly helping us in the development of cooperation between Hungary and Romania, he said. He added that significant progress has been made in Romania in the fields of sports, environmental protection and European Union development projects, in which the Hungarian ministers played a major role. The minister called the continued progress in bilateral cooperation a key strategic interest, pointing out that the two neighbouring countries are now closely connected by energy security and economic relations, in addition to the one million-strong Hungarian minority in Romania. He pointed out that the bilateral trade turnover exceeded 12 billion euros last year, setting a huge record, so Romania has now become Hungary's third largest export market. He emphasized: the development of cooperation is unthinkable without developing the physical connections between the two countries. The border works for us when it connects us and does not separate us, he said. Based on their previous objectives, a new expressway connection between the two countries is established every five years. This was achieved in 2015 and 2020 as well. Preparations are also underway for the success in 2025, when a connection will be established between the M3 highway in Hungary and the expressway network around Satu Mare/Szatmárnémeti/. Minister Péter Szijjártó signed an agreement with the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Sorin Mihai Grindeanu to the effect that by 2030, the fourth expressway connection will be established at Méhkerék-Salonta/Nagyszalonta/ new border crossing point between the two countries. In Hungary, the expressway between Budapest and Békéscsaba will be taken to the border, and then it will have the opportunity to connect to the Romanian expressway network south of Salonta/Nagyszalonta/. After his discussions with the Romanian Minister of Energy Virgil-Daniel Popescu, Minister Péter Szijjártó said: in the future, Romania can be considered not only as a transit route, but also as a country of origin for Hungarian natural gas supplies, and Hungary is interested in a decision on the extraction of the Black Sea fields as soon as possible. He emphasized that in order to ensure Hungarian natural gas supply in the coming period, good cooperation between the two countries will be necessary, which fortunately is currently the case. On the one hand, we need Romania as a transit country to attract Azerbaijani resources. The planned import of two billion cubic meters of natural gas per year was the basis, as the capacity of the Hungarian-Romanian connection was expanded to 2.5 billion cubic meters. On the other hand, Bucharest made a decision to connect the future Black Sea extraction sites with their distribution centre, from which there is already a pipeline in the direction of Hungary.