Hungarian-Turkish relations are veryclose and at an all-time best, Turkish Ambassador in Budapest Sakir Fakili told MTI, marking the Turkish Day of the public media in Hungary on Wednesday. The past two years have seen a breakthrough in bilateral relations, thanks to high-level meetings and more intensive political dialogue, he said.
The ambassador said Turkey could play an important role in Hungary’s “opening to the east” policy because it maintains close relations with other countries affected by this strategy. Turkey is willing to cooperate with Hungary in implementing this strategy, he said. The two countries aim to raise the value of bilateral trade to 5 billion dollars by the end of 2015, the ambassador said. Hungary and Turkey could efficiently cooperate in the energy sector, transport, agriculture, research and education, he said.
The ambassador said Turkey greatly appreciates Hungary’s support for the country’s aspirations to join the European Union and will not forget that Hungary’s parliament was among the first to recognise its independence in 1922. The cultural relations are also fruitful between the two countries. As Hungary Today already wrote, the International Book Fair in Istanbul will welcome Hungary as guest of honor country next month, where an expected half a million visitors will have the chance to learn more about, among others, Hungarian literature.
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