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After talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar in Budapest, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s foreign minister, said that Hungary greatly appreciated leaders who prioritised the interests of their nation and made sacrifices for it. “Aung San Suu Kyi is always received with great respect and appreciation when she visits Hungary because she has done so much for the freedom of her nation,” Szijjártó told a press conference.

Hungary supports efforts to intensify cooperation between the European Union and Myanmar but does not support Brussels muddling political and economic issues and approaching cooperation with double standards.

Szijjártó said that Eximbank has opened a 46 million dollar credit line with a view to boosting cooperation between the businesses of the two countries, and negotiations are ongoing to establish a joint economic committee. In addition, 30 students from Myanmar will be eligible for scholarships to study in Hungary.

Aung San Suu Kyi said that although Hungary and Myanmar had long maintained diplomatic relations, their cooperation fell short of its potential. Both countries, therefore, are committed to boosting ties, she said. She said she appreciated that friendly countries believed in the opportunities offered by Myanmar. The Myanmar head of government also said that hopefully her country would soon open an embassy in Budapest.