Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is travelling to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Wednesday, to a summit of the Organisation of Turkic States, where he is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with the leaders of Turkic countries, the PM’s press chief said.
Orbán is heading a delegation of government members, including Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, Economic Development Minister Márton Nagy and the PM’s political director Balázs Orbán, and some 60 Hungarian businessmen, Bertalan Havasi said. Besides current events in international politics, the summit will also touch on economic, trade and transport issues, he said.
Orbán is slated to hold bilateral talks with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President Sadyr Japarov of Kyrgyzstan, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Havasi said.
Hungary and the Maldive Islands have concluded a cooperation agreement on economic ties, higher education and sports, the minister of foreign affairs and trade said on Wednesday in Male, after meeting his Maldivian counterpart, Abdulla Shahid. The Pacific region is an important focal point of geopolitical rivalry, which boosts the significance of “countries like the Maldives which are building their policies on common sense,” Péter Szijjártó said. The European Union and Hungary see the Maldives, a regional stabilising influence in a strategic geographical location, as a key partner in the region, he said, adding that supports the country’s request for visa-free travel and tax exemptions for Maldivian fishing products, he said.
Under the agreement they signed today, Hungary will raise the number of scholarships offered for Maldivian students to 25 from 15, and extend it to athletes and trainers, he said. The government is also supporting Hungarian companies investing in the islands nation, especially in water management, waste management and tourism. Hungary is also sending Hungarian-made X-ray machines to the country, he added.
Szijjártó is scheduled to meet President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the ministers for higher education, economic development and sports later in the day. Shahid thanked Hungary for its help to Maldivian students stranded in Ukraine when the war started, and noted Szijjarto was the first Hungarian foreign minister to pay an official visit to the country. He called the talks “extremely fruitful” for boosting further cooperation, and he welcomed Hungary’s commitment to supporting the Maldives, especially its health-care sector.