“Hungary is ready for opening a new chapter in the cooperation with Turkic states,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at the 6th meeting of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States in Cholpon-Ata in Kyrgyzstan on Monday.
Hungary has always focused on the cooperation of Turkic speaking states which nurture their language, culture and traditions even in the modern world, he said. “Hungarians consider themselves late descendants of Attila, of Hun-Turkic origin, and Hungarian is a relative of Turkic languages,” Orban said. “Only those people can be strong who are proud of their national identity,” he added.
Orban said that in light of the “fantastic” economic and political development of Turkic countries “it is to be taken as an expression of praise if Hungarians are called an Eastern people”. He argued that the “old era” in which capital and knowledge was moving from West to East was over, and added that “the new world order will primarily be dominated by the development of countries rising in the East”.
Countries of the Turkic Council are gaining weight in Hungary’s diplomacy; Hungary has had a strategic partnership with Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, Orban said, adding that the goal was to raise ties with Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to that level, too. Orban also noted that Hungary’s Eximbank had opened a 1.5 billion dollar credit line to promote economic cooperation with Turkic countries. The meeting was attended by the presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.
Szijjarto awarded state honour by Kyrgyz foreign minister
Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldayev on Monday awarded his Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjarto, a high state decoration for promoting cooperation between the two countries, Hungary’s foreign ministry said on Monday. Holders of the decoration include Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Hungary has been growing steadily recently, especially in the pharmaceuticals industry, water management, agriculture and environmental protection, the ministry’s statement said. Hungarian exports to Kyrgyzstan jumped by 51 percent to 5 million dollars in the first half of 2018, it said. Ties are also strengthening in the fields of education, culture and science, with Hungary raising the number of grants offered to Kyrgyz students to 75 from 25, the ministry said.
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