Orbán: Turkey Stable with a Leader of Strong Legitimacy
Miklós Halász-Szabó 2018.10.09.
Hungary’s government is “one of the most stable” cabinets in Europe, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a Hungarian-Turkish business forum in Budapest on Tuesday.
The forum, organised by the National Trading House of Hungary, was attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In his address, Orbán praised Turkey for having a stable governmental system and a “leader with a strong legitimacy”, and voiced hope that a “cooperation between stable governments will lead to success”.
Concerning the Hungarian economy, Orbán called for “radical improvements” in terms of the country’s competitiveness and said that the government would soon adopt an action plan to that end.
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at the forum that Turkey was Hungary’s “number one” trading partner in its region and noted a record turnover in bilateral trade last year.
In his address to the forum, Erdogan called for strengthening Turkish-Hungarian ties. Relations are already robust, he said, thanking Hungary for “tending carefully to the countries’ shared historic heritage”. He pledged to support raising trade relations to a higher level.