The cooperation between Hungary and Uzbekistan has been intensifying, particularly in the area of energy.
Hungary and Uzbekistan are launching a comprehensive nuclear cooperation program, Péter Szijjártó, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced after meeting his Uzbek counterpart Vladimir Norov in Budapest on Tuesday. He said it is “highly likely” that Hungary will provide cooling technology for Uzbekistan’s new nuclear plant and also training for future nuclear experts, as part of the Stipendium Hungaricum grants scheme for students. Uzbekistan and Hungary are also going to launch a research and development project involving fuel rods.
“In the current energy crisis, capacity to produce nuclear energy has become extremely valuable; Europe would not have secure energy supply or affordable energy without nuclear energy,” the Hungarian Minister stressed.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán received the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev in his office. The Prime Minister said Hungary looks upon Uzbekistan in the Central Asian region as an especially important partner. The cooperation is of strategic importance equally from a political, security, economic, and energy point of view, he stated. Viktor Orbán accepted the Uzbek President’s invitation to the summit of the Organization of Turkic States to be held in November in Samarkand.
The leaders signed fourteen agreements, including the development of a strategic partnership between Hungary and Uzbekistan, and cooperation planned in the areas of justice, environmental protection, sports, and agriculture.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held talks with the Hungarian head of state, Katalin Novák too during his visit. They agreed that it is necessary for Hungary and Uzbekistan to strengthen their economic ties, particularly in the areas of energy, finance and the health industry.
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