(MTI) – Hungarian President Janos Ader held talks with Belgian King Philippe in Brussels on Thursday, and briefed the monarch about the state of Hungary’s economy.
Ader said that the country’s economic indicators keep improving, and asked the king to encourage Belgian businesspeople to invest in Hungary.
Ader said he had “informed the king about what Hungary had achieved over the past few years” and assured him that “Hungary would by no means become a sick man of Europe”, and would not cause “the kind of troubles that several other EU member states had.”
Trade between Hungary and Belgium amounts to 3 billion euros a year and Belgium is the tenth largest investor in Hungary, Ader said.
Belgium and Hungary share some history, for instance Belgium had hosted 30,000 starving Hungarian children after World War I, which is something to remember, Ader said. He added it was also important to strengthen relations with a community of some 20,000 Hungarians who left Hungary for Belgium after the anti-Soviet revolution of 1956.