Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar
We have learned in the past year that Qatar is a country of key importance to Europe because much of the Russian gas lost by our continent’s economy has been replaced with LNG received from Qatar, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video message from Doha.
The prime minister traveled to Doha on Sunday for an official visit initiated by Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. According to Viktor Orbán, they held a lengthy, exhausting, and successful negotiation with his counterpart.
Orbán announced that Hungary would also purchase gas from Qatar.
It is always better to have more than one option,”
The prime minister noted that Qatar is a country of outstanding economic performance that is present around the world. Also, it belongs to the “peace camp,” is interested in ending the war between Russia and Ukraine as soon as possible, and is willing to contribute by acting as a mediator in peace talks.
“We agreed about infrastructural and airport development as well as cooperation in communication technology and even in agricultural matters. A strong perspective has opened for economic cooperation between Qatar and Hungary,” Orbán concluded.
Economic Development Minister Márton Nagy held talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Abdullah Al-Thani, Qatar’s Minister of Commerce and Industry on Monday, his ministry told MTI. The ministers agreed that bilateral economic ties have been developing continuously in recent years and that this trend was set to continue. Trade turnover between the two countries increased by 24 percent last year, exceeding 76 million US dollars, according to the ministry.
Nagy emphasized that
Qatar is one of the fastest-developing countries in the Persian Gulf region,”
praising its “exemplary” growth in areas like the food and pharmaceutical industries, and the financial sector.
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