Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said trade turnover has doubled between Hungary and Turkic Council states in the past decade and the importance of cooperation is continually increasing.
According to MTI, Minister Szijjártó welcomed at a meeting of the Turkic Council in Istanbul that three years ago Hungary was given observer status in the organization and added that the number of states that want to join the cooperation has been increasing ever since. Hungary has signed strategic partnership agreements with all five members of the Turkic Council, including, most recently, with Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. A Hungarian embassy has been opened in the capital of the latter country, thereby the government has fulfilled its promise to establish representative offices in each of the member states, he added. Hungary currently offers 870 university scholarships to Turkic Council member states, as against the former 725, with the number of applications recently getting near 5,000, Minister Szijjártó said.
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