Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks with Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the president of Uzbekistan, in Budapest on Tuesday.
At the talks held at the Castle District premises of the Prime Minister’s Office, Orbán said Hungary considers Uzbekistan a crucially important partner in the central Asian region. Cooperation between the two countries is of strategic importance from a political, security, economic and energy standpoint.
The two leaders were in agreement that economic cooperation between Hungary and Uzbekistan was more intense than at any other time in the past, highlighting the role of the Hungarian-Uzbek Business Council. The talks also touched on Hungary offering one year of training to ten Uzbek university students in the field of nuclear energy as part of the Stipendium Hungaricum scheme with a view to promoting nuclear cooperation between the two countries.
Orbán accepted the Uzbek president’s invitation to the Organization of Turkic States summit to be held in Samarkand next month.
Hungary and Uzbekistan signed 14 agreements during Tuesday’s talks, including one on the advancement of their strategic partnership, as well as agreements on cooperation in the areas of health care, environmental protection, sports and agriculture.
President Katalin Novák held talks with Shavkat Mirziyoyev, her Uzbek counterpart, at the presidential Sandor Palace in Budapest on Tuesday.
The two heads of state agreed on the importance of peace and security, to boost bilateral economic relations as well as to do everything in their power to support parents raising children, Novák said on Facebook.
She noted that there has not been peace in Uzbekistan’s neighbouring country, Afghanistan, for years, and now there is a war going on in Hungary’s neighbour, Ukraine.
Novák said Hungary was “the centre for economic cooperation between the West and the East”. She said Hungary and Uzbekistan will strengthen their economic ties, particularly in the areas of energy, finance and the health industry.
She also highlighted the importance of family when it came to the future of both nations, saying that the two countries were doing their utmost to support parents raising children.
Novák welcomed that President Mirziyoyev intended to open an embassy in Budapest, and said she had accepted his invitation to Tashkent.