President János Áder on Thursday urged Turkey’s prime minister to hurry up with a financing plan for a proposed gas pipeline to Hungary via Greece, Macedonia and Serbia. At talks with Ahmet Davutoglu, Áder noted that alternative proposals to the Turkish Stream pipeline, which is planned to carry Russian gas, were being considered by the European Commission.
Áder, who is on a four-day official visit to Turkey, told journalists that the talks touched on nuclear energy, and he offered to share Hungary’s expertise in fulfilling Turkey’s “extremely ambitious” nuclear energy programme. Áder and his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an expansion bilateral trade. They expressed agreement that all the conditions are in place for raising turnover from the current 2 billion dollars a year to 5 billion dollars.
Earlier Áder also thanked Turkey for the “care and attention” it paid to Hungarian monuments in that country. He said that “Hungary also has responsibilities in that respect” and promised that the long-delayed renovation of Turkish monuments in Hungary would be completed. The president laid wreaths of commemoration at a monument to Hungary’s 1848-49 leader Lajos Kossuth, who spent two years of exile in Turkey.
via hungarymatters.hu photos: Szilárd Koszticsák – MTI