Hungary’s House Speaker has held talks with President Ilham Aliyev and senior officials of Azerbaijan, the press chief of the Hungarian Parliament told news agency MTI. During their talks in Baku, László Kövér and the Azerbaijani President agreed that relations between their countries were developing speedily, supported by a strategic agreement and other bilateral deals signed during Aliyev’s visit to the Hungarian capital last November, Zoltán Szilágyi said.
Azerbaijan is one of Hungary’s most important partners in the Caucasus, Kövér said at the talks, noting that country’s role in Hungary’s energy security. “Azerbaijan is a bridge between Europe and Asia, which is why the dynamic development in our interstate relations is especially important,” Kövér said. Aliyev said that his country was ready to further develop ties with Hungary in all areas. He spoke highly of the Hungary-Azerbaijan joint economic committee, and the cooperation between parliaments of the two countries. László Kövér also met Azerbaijan’s Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, Ogtay Asadov, his Azerbaijani counterpart, and representatives of the Azeri-Hungarian Friendship Chapter.
During his visit to Baku, the Hungarian House Speaker also held talks with Azerbaijan’s Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev. Discussed bilateral economic relations the sides welcomed a development in the two countries’ political, economic, parliamentary and educational relations and a growth trend in bilateral trading since 2013. Mustafayev, who has served as co-chair of the Hungarian-Azerbaijani Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee for more than five years, noted that the implementation of the 40 bilateral agreements is under way.
“The trading house Hungary opened in Baku in 2012 has also contributed to boosting our trade relations,” the Azerbaijani minister said. Hungary has the largest volume of bilateral trade in goods with Azerbaijan in the South Caucasus region, Kövér said. “Hungary regards Azerbaijan a strategic partner in energy cooperation,” he said, indicating Hungary’s interest in projects linked to the Southern Gas Corridor to serve the country’s goal of diversifying its energy resources and import routes. The sides identified further cooperation possibilities in education, culture and tourism.
via MTI and hungarymatters.hu photo: László Beliczay – MTI