Budapest, December 14 (MTI) – Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s visit to Malaysia next year is set to produce a number of bilateral agreements that will boost the two countries’ relations, Hungary’s parliamentary speaker said after holding talks with his Malaysian counterpart on Monday.
Laszlo Kover said in a joint press conference with Malaysian house speaker Tan Sri Datatuk Seri Utama Pandikar Amin bin Haji Mulia that 2015 has been a significant for Hungarian-Malaysian relations because Hungary reopened its embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
He said Malaysia is Hungary’s second largest trading partner among the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), adding that trade turnover between the two countries is probably greater than statistics indicate since a major portion of bilateral trade is conducted through Singapore, Hungary’s largest ASEAN partner.
Kover said Orban is set to sign an agreement on higher education cooperation during his visit, under which Hungary will grant scholarships to 40 Malaysian students wishing to pursue studies at Hungarian universities. He said he and the Malaysian speaker discussed opportunities for cooperation in tourism as well as other sectors. The two speakers also discussed the issues of climate change and migration.
The Malaysian speaker noted that his visit to Hungary is the third high-level meeting between Hungarian and Malaysian officials this year. He said he invited Kover for an official visit to Malaysia next year.