Hungary views the changed balance between East and West as an opportunity rather than a danger and wants to use it to bolster its ties with Eastern countries, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in Nursultan.
Orbán paid an official visit to Kazakhstan where he held talks with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. “We are tied to the peoples of the Central Asian region through our historical roots,” Orbán said.
Everything happening today in international politics, he said, was a reflection of the new balance between East and West. “In the past, it was a given that the West had reason to believe … that it was the strongest player in the world,” Orbán said. But the situation has now changed, he said, arguing that the East was continuously getting stronger. The next ten years will also be about this shift in balance, he added.
“We tend to forget that democracy is not just about the right to take part in an election and debate shared issues,” he said. Democracy is also a form of government, and “the right to freedom of expression and voting rights must converge in effective and stable governance”, he said. Kazakhstan has been a leading country in terms of stability in recent years, Orbán said, adding that the ongoing global changes would further strengthen the country’s stability.