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The leaders of Hungary and Turkey are able to talk to each other honestly and without hypocrisy, the minister of foreign affairs and trade said in Istanbul after meeting two Turkish counterparts.

Péter Szijjártó held talks with Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the foreign minister, and with Ruhsar Pekcan, the trade minister, on the sidelines of the Hungarian-Turkish sponsored Go Africa business forum. A high level of trust has developed between the leaders of the two countries which has clearly benefitted the economy, Szijjártó told journalists. This is reflected in the volume of bilateral trade, which exceeded 3 billion dollars in 2018, he said.
Addressing the forum, Szijjártó said that a new world order was emerging under which changes in the global economy and global policy resulted in a new system of relations. In this system, countries that are able to make a critical number of strong allies can be successful, he said, adding that Turkey was such an ally for Hungary. Szijjártó met the chief executive of Turk Eximbank, Adnan Yıldırım, and the Chairman of the DEIK Turkish-Hungarian Business Division, Adnan Polat. The forum was organised jointly by the Hungarian Export Promotion Agency (HEPA) and Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) for the second time.