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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met the foreign ministers of Turkic Council member states in Budapest on Thursday, Orbán’s press chief said. Parties in the meeting agreed that building on a shared Hungarian-Turkic cultural and historical heritage, cooperation between Hungary and the Council’s countries will benefit all, Bertalan Havasi said. They welcomed the opening of the Turkic Council’s office in Budapest earlier in the day, calling the event a milestone in EU-Turkic ties. Hungary received observer status in the Council in 2018.

At another event, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó accepted a jubilee medal from Elmar Mammadyarov, Azerbaijan’s foreign minister. Mammadyarov presented Szijjártó with the medal at an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Azerbaijan’s diplomatic service. At the event, Szijjártó said Hungarian and Azeri leaders “can always be honest to each other, and so our cooperation is efficient.” Hungary is committed to keeping up the good relations, he added. Mammadyarov said the medal is an acknowledgement of Szijjártó’s “friendly openness” towards Azerbaijan.  Azerbaijan awards the medal to persons with outstanding achievements in promoting Azerbaijan’s diplomatic and international relations.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó also had talks with Chingiz Aidarbekov, his Kyrgyz counterpart, where they agreed that Hungary would open a consular office in Bishkek next year. Kyrgyzstan will appoint an honorary consul in Hungary. Parties at the talks finalised the wording of an agreement aimed at mutual investment protection and started negotiations concerning another accord to avoid double taxation, the statement said. Aidarbekov confirmed his country’s support to Hungary’s endeavours to become a member of UNESCO’s executive council, the document added.