Budapest, May 17 (MTI) – The foreign ministry’s state secretary for economic diplomacy highlighted the role of honorary consuls in Hungary’s foreign relations, at a forum in Budapest on Tuesday.

Levente Magyar addressed an economic diplomacy forum organised for representatives of consular missions operating in Hungary.

He praised a new model introduced in the past two years under which previously “untapped resources” had been successfully employed to help pursue Hungary’s economic diplomacy goals.

Results have already shown, said Magyar, noting that Hungary’s exports and foreign trade surplus reached record levels last year.

Magyar noted that a department has been established separately in the Hungarian foreign ministry for the first time with the task to coordinate the work of honorary consuls.

György Suha, ministerial commissioner in charge of coordinating honorary consuls’ relations, said there were currently 20,000 people serving as honorary consuls around the world, 3,000 of them in Europe. Hungary wants to develop its own network of honorary consuls and increase their number from the current 60, he said.


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