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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's State Counsellor, in Budapest, and they discussed illegal migration and bilateral ties in the areas of the economy, education and culture.

Illegal migration is a primary challenge both for Myanmar and Hungary, as well as for Southeast Asia and Europe in general, and the issue of how to live together with the growing Muslim population emerged in both regions, Bertalan Havasi, the PM’s spokesman, said, outlining the talks that took place in the prime minister’s office.

Orbán said that Hungary supports trade cooperation between the European Union and Myanmar but rejects “the export of democracy” and the approach of Brussels and other western bureaucrats who try to mix unrelated issues such as economic cooperation with domestic affairs.

The prime minister said emphasis was placed on educational and cultural ties but there were untapped opportunities in economic cooperation. Foreign trade ministers of the two countries will therefore intensify their cooperation, he added. Orbán said that Hungarians respected Aung San Suu Kyi for her endeavours for her country’s freedom and democratic transformation.