Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó met his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha on the sidelines of the Globsec security forum in Bratislava on Friday.
In a statement sent to MTI after the talks, Szijjártó called “exemplary” the cooperation between Hungarian and South Korean rescue teams working to salvage a sightseeing boat which sank in central Budapest last week, causing the death of at least 18 South Korean tourists.
Photo by Zsolt Burger/Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
At the talks, Szijjártó informed his colleague about the status of the salvage operation. He said that preparations are under way to lift the wreck out of the River Danube, and added that a thorough investigation has been launched to reveal every detail of the disaster.
South Koreans Express Gratitude for Hungary’s Handling of Disaster
The South Korean minister thanked all participants in the operations for their efforts.
Ship Collision: Lifting of Wreck Expected to Begin next Week
Sightseeing boat Hableány collided with a large cruising ship and sank on May 29. It had 33 South Korean tourists on board and a crew of two Hungarians. Seven tourists were rescued rom the water after the collision. The bodies of 18 tourists and one of the Hungarian crew have been found and identified, while a search is still under way for 9 missing persons.
Featured photo illustration by Balázs Mohai/MTI