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Jul 10, 2018

PM Orbán attends Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s inauguration ceremony in Ankara

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has previously said that stability in Turkey is good for both Hungary and Europe

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has today travelled to Ankara to attend Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s inauguration ceremony.

According to government sources, several other national leaders are expected at the ceremony, including Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić.

Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections were held in Turkey on June 24th, where Erdogan won 52.59 percent of the vote.

A new executive presidential system is being introduced to replace the previous parliamentary system this year. This is in accordance with the wishes expressed by Turkish voters in a referendum held in April last year.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has previously said that stability in Turkey is good for both Hungary and Europe.

“It is doubly in Hungary’s interests for there to be stability in Turkey because if the county loses its stability then the enforceability of the migration agreement between the European Union and Turkey would also be called into question," he said.

"This in turn would lead to a new wave of illegal immigration, which would reach Hungary’s southern border extremely quickly in view of the fact that there is no other line of defence in the Western Balkans," he added.

“The government expects both European-Turkish and bilateral Hungarian-Turkish cooperation to develop dynamically in the upcoming period," he added.