Budapest, February 1 (MTI) – Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta on Monday, for talks on economic cooperation.

In a press statement, Orban mentioned farming, information technology, and water management as possible areas for closer economic ties.

Orban praised the Indonesian government for efforts in “stabilising the situation within three or four hours” after the recent terrorist attack.

“Indonesia is a stable country where Hungary seeks economic cooperation opportunities,” he said.

The Indonesian President called his talks with Orban friendly and efficient. He added that the talks also touched upon cooperation in renewable energies and drinking water projects for his country.

Hungary’s foreign minister Peter Szijjarto and farm minister Sandor Fazekas signed agreements on a higher education exchange programme and on fishing and acquatic culture. Under the former agreement, 50 Indonesian students will have an opportunity to study at Hungarian universities.

Later in the day, Orban addressed an Indonesia-Hungary business forum, and said that Hungary was the most politically stable state in Europe.

Orban said that Hungary’s approach to business was “cooperative rather than imperialist”. “Hungary does not like large international companies that exclude local companies from business, and expatriate their profits,” Orban insisted.

The prime minister urged closer cooperation with Indonesia, and mentioned bilateral ties with countries like Japan, China, or India as examples. Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla also called for closer ties and said that his country offered excellent business opportunities.

At the forum, several bilateral agreements were signed, including one between the Hungarian public media and Indonesia’s Antara news agency on the exchange of photos and news items. Another agreement was signed between the industrial chambers of the two countries, and a third one concerning water management.

Later in the day, Orban will hold talks with ASEAN secretary general Le Luong Minh.

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