Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Wednesday held a video conference with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Matteo Salvini, the head of Italy’s League party, on a new political group in the European Union, the PM’s press chief said.
The EU party families of the League and Morawiecki’s Law and Justice (PiS) parties, the Identity and Democracy (ID) and the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) groups, respectively, are slated to continue talks on cooperation this week, they said.
Orbán, Salvini and Morawiecki also noted the success of a declaration published in June by 16 parties on the future of Europe, the protection of nation states and of traditional values, Bertalan Havasi said. Several parties and political organisations have signalled interest in signing the document, they said.
Later PM Orbán expressed hope that the visit of South Korean President Moon Jae-in will further elevate ties between Hungary and the Republic of South Korea, at their a meeting in Budapest on Wednesday. At the talks, Orbán said he was pleased to learn that South Korea regards Hungary a prominent partner.
“We are amazed to witness that South Korea with its fifty million inhabitants has become one of the world’s leading powers in technology,”
Orbán said. He praised South Korean companies in Hungary for their “fantastic investments” and for their discipline as business partners. “We very much like cooperating with them,” he said.
Moon thanked Hungary’s help and action provided after a deadly boat collision on the River Danube which took the lives of many South Korean tourists three years ago. He said that the Hungarian prime minister had provided every possible means to help the search and rescue operations. In May 2019 the Viking Sigyn cruise ship collided with the Hableany sightseeing boat which had 33 South Korean tourists on board and a crew of two Hungarians. Seven tourists were rescued from the water after the collision and the rest died. One of the bodies has not been recovered.
The South Korean president noted cooperation in innovative sectors such as the production of electric cars.