Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó held talks with Iran’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Ehsan Khandozi, in Budapest and participated in the Hungarian-Iranian Business Forum.
“It is not usual for an Iranian minister to visit a Member State of the European Union, as happened in Hungary, but channels of communication must be maintained even in difficult circumstances,” Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at the Hungarian-Iranian Business Forum in Budapest on Thursday, referring to his talks with Iran’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Ehsan Khandozi.
There is no difficult issue that can be solved without dialogue- at least with dialogue there is a chance,
Hungary and Iran are working to develop bilateral economic relations in the framework of a policy of common sense and pragmatism, he said.
“We would like Iran to return to the system of peaceful cooperation within the international community as soon as possible, and since the world economy is now facing serious challenges, we think that the economy could perhaps be the first step in this return,” Szijjártó stressed.
He stated that Hungary is committed to the peaceful use of nuclear energy and therefore supports the revival of the nuclear deal with Iran, which would also strengthen global security.
The Business Forum has succeeded in holding 55 bilateral business-to-business meetings. Last year bilateral trade increased by 45 percent, and so far this year by 55 percent, and cooperation has a long tradition in many areas, including agricultural research, agricultural and food technologies, and the health industry.
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