Tokyo (MTI) – Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto held talks with Japanese government officials and leaders of Japanese companies operating businesses in Hungary during his official visit to Tokyo on Wednesday.

Szijjarto told MTI over the phone that he had discussed with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida current international issues such as the crisis in Ukraine. They agreed that the conflict required a swift solution and must be tackled through negotiations.

Szijjarto said they also touched upon the issue of ongoing talks between the EU and Japan on reaching a comprehensive free trade agreement. He stated to his partner Hungary’s interest in a successful conclusion of these talks with an ambitious agreement which would pave the way for Hungary to further increase its exports to Japan.

Hungary’s exports to Japan totalled 600 million dollars in 2013, which went up by 6.5 percent in the first eight months of this year, he noted.

The sides agreed at their meeting to further develop the two countries’ bilateral economic ties, Szijjarto said. Japan so far has invested 3.5 billion dollars in Hungary, there are 149 Japanese businesses operating in the country that employ 25,000 people, he added.

Szijjarto said he held talks with Koya Nishikawa, the agricultural minister, and applauded the minister’s announcement on Japan’s authorisation on importing pork from the entire territory of Hungary.

He said he also discussed the possibility of further Japanese investments with several company leaders.

Photo: MTI/Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


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