Türkİye, Politics, Europe

Hungary agrees with Türkiye to further improve bilateral relations

Level of relations to be elevated to priority strategic partnership, says foreign minister

Ahmet Gencturk  | 21.08.2023 - Update : 22.08.2023
Hungary agrees with Türkiye to further improve bilateral relations Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shake hands with Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban (R) as he attends the Hungary's National Day celebrations in Budapest, Hungary on August 20, 2023. ( Mustafa Kamacı - Anadolu Agency )


Hungary said Sunday that it has agreed with Türkiye to further improve their already excellent bilateral relations.

The two countries agreed to elevate the level of their relations from a strategic partnership to a priority strategic partnership, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said while commenting on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the country, according to public broadcaster Kossuth Radio.

Szijjarto said Erdogan will visit Budapest again on Dec. 18, when a meeting of the high-level Strategic Council will be held, during which an agreement on the establishment of a priority strategic partnership and mutual assistance in emergency situations will be signed.

"This clearly shows the two countries’ commitment to improving bilateral cooperation, from which they benefit a lot,” he said.

He also disclosed that Hungary is interested in buying natural gas from the TurkStream gas pipeline via Türkiye.

Szijjarto also said that Türkiye’s transit role in energy transportation would be further boosted with the entry into force of a natural gas deal between Hungary and Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan’s entry into the European market as a gas supplier.

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