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Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó has had talks with ministers of water management concerning business opportunities linked to Hungarian water technology.

Szijjártó met the Indian, Laos and Kuwaiti ministers of water management as well as North Macedonia’s environment minister at the 2019 international Budapest World Summit, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The engineering expertise of Hungarian companies is in demand in Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans when it comes to irrigation, sewerage and waste-water treatment systems, the statement said.

India’s Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said his government regards water infrastructure and security as a strategic issue, adding that Hungarian companies and their services were welcome in India. The Ganges purification scheme could provide a good opportunity for cooperation between Hungarian and Indian water operators, he said.

Laos’s minister thanked Szijjártó for Hungary’s provision of mobile water purifiers which ensure drinking water for around 3,000 people each day in Attapeu province.

Kuwait’s minister of oil, electricity and water, Khalid Ali Mohammad Al-Fadel, said that the medium and long-term management of water resources in the Middle East was a high priority, adding that Kuwait, too, is interested in Hungarian water technology and training provided by Hungarian water management experts.

Szijjártó also met North Macedonia’s environment minister, Naser Nuredini, and discussed business opportunities for Hungarian companies, including sewage treatment and building irrigation and sewerage systems.

Source: MTI

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