PM Orbán holds talks with Kyrgyzstan President in Budapest

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks with Sadyr Japarov, the president of Kyrgyzstan, in Budapest on Tuesday.
According to MTI, the war in Ukraine was a major topic discussed at the meeting which was attended by several ministers of the Hungarian cabinet. The sides agreed on the need for a peaceful solution to the war and pointed to “serious difficulties” for both Europe and Asia resulting from sanctions. They said good political relations between Hungary and Kyrgyzstan are producing ever-stronger economic and trade ties. PM Orbán said decision-makers in Brussels should take a “far less bureaucratic approach” as regards developing ties between the EU and Kyrgyzstan, considering the strategic importance of Central Asia to Europe in terms of security and the economy. Orbán accepted an invitation extended by Japarov to visit Bishkek, Havasi said. On Monday, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, met his Kyrgyz counterpart, Jeenbek Kulubaev. After the talks, Minister Szijjarto said he and Kulubaev had reaffirmed their countries’ common goal of peace in Ukraine as soon as possible. Hungary and Kyrgyzstan have worked hard to develop their bilateral ties in recent years, from which both have benefitted, he said.