Turkic Council opens office in Budapest

Hungary has always worked towards cooperation between East and West, which is also demonstrated by the opening of the Turkic Council office in Budapest, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday.

In the new world order, only those can be winners that stand up for their national interests, preserve their cultural, religious and historical heritage, and insist on maintaining their identity, Szijjarto said at the opening ceremony.

“We are proud of our historical, cultural and religious heritage and the fact that despite all attempts to pressurise us, we could preserve Hungary for Hungarians and for a secure home,”

he added. Hungary has often been referred to as the easternmost western country or the westernmost eastern country, he said. This used to be considered a remark with an ironic edge to it but the world has changed and at present the pace of change in the global economy is also dictated from the east, not only from the west, he added.

Hungary’s foreign policy is based on mutual respect, giving respect to partners and expecting the same from them, Szijjarto said. “We build our relations with Turkic Council members on mutual respect, too,” he said.

  • Prime Minister Viktor Orban also met the foreign ministers of Turkic Council member states. Parties in the meeting agreed that building on a shared Hungarian-Turkic cultural and historical heritage, cooperation between Hungary and the Council’s countries will benefit all, Orban’s press chief said.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to visit Hungary on November 7, the Hungarian foreign ministry said in a statement. Szijjarto met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and set the date for the next session of the Hungarian-Turkish strategic council to November 7, which the Turkish president will attend.
  • International relations should be based on mutual respect rather than on “lecturing and double standards”, Szijjarto said, after accepting a jubilee medal from Elmar Mammadyarov, Azerbaijan’s foreign minister. Mammadyarov presented Szijjarto with the medal at an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Azerbaijan’s diplomatic service.
  • Hungary will open a consular office in Bishkek, the Hungarian foreign ministry announced in a statement. Szijjarto had talks with Chingiz Aidarbekov, his Kyrgyz counterpart and agreed to open the new office next year. Kyrgyzstan will appoint an honorary consul in Hungary, the document added.

Source and photo: MTI

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