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Feb 14, 2019

Hungary builds stronger relations with Turkey

Minister Szijjártó said that a “new world order” was emerging under which changes in the global economy and global policy resulted in a new system of relations

The foreign minister has said that the leaders of Hungary and Turkey are able to talk to each other honestly and without hypocrisy.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, made the remark after talks with Mevlut Cavusoglu, the foreign minister, and with Ruhsar Pekcan, the trade minister, on the sidelines of the Hungarian-Turkish sponsored Go Africa business forum in Istanbul.

Minister Szijjártó said a high level of trust has developed between the leaders of the two countries which has clearly benefitted the economy. This is reflected in the volume of bilateral trade, which exceeded 3 billion USD in 2018, he added.

Addressing the forum, Minister Szijjártó said that a “new world order” was emerging under which changes in the global economy and global policy resulted in a new system of relations. In this system countries that are able to make a critical number of strong allies can be successful, he said, adding that Turkey was such an ally for Hungary.

The minister said that help is also needed in Africa. With joint investments, Hungary and Turkey can help them to build a future at home, which will help stop the migration wave coming from the continent.