Bilateral cooperation in nuclear energy, science, research and training is ongoing, PM Viktor Orbán said in Ankara after meeting Turkish President Erdogan. Hungary has increased the number of scholarships for Turkish students from 150 to 200, he said, adding that some stipends are for students of nuclear studies.
Orbán said that for Hungary nurturing a friendly, strategic alliance with Ankara, as well as with Berlin and Moscow, was salient geopolitically, noting that Europe confronts health, economic and energy crises on all fronts. Orbán noted that Hungary-Turkey trade ties increased by more than 30 percent during the period of the pandemic and totalled almost four billion dollars. At the start of the crisis, Turkey supplied raw materials to Hungary for the production of PPE, he added.
He said crisis management in Hungary centred on foreign investments, and he noted that a packaging industry behemoth is implementing the biggest ever
Hungarian-Turkish investment near Kaposvár, worth 70 billion forints (EUR 192m).
Orbán and Erdogan planted a tree of Hungarian-Turkish friendship in the garden of the Ankara Presidential Palace before a meeting of the Strategic Council. After the talks, Hungarian ministers signed nine cooperation
agreements in military, scientific, industrial, cultural, technological, tourism, sports and youth areas.
Dániel Papp, the chief executive of Hungary’s public media provider MTVA, signed an agreement with the Turkish state media service TRT and Turkish state news agency Anadolu. Cooperation that dates back many years will be expanded with joint productions and broader cooperation between the country’s respective national news agencies, he said.
The Hungarian delegation returned 101 ancient works of art seized at the Hungarian border in 2016 by the Hungarian authorities.
On Friday, Orban attends the summit of the Turkic Council in Istanbul.