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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Friday participated in a videoconference of Turkic Council leaders. The Turkic Council leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, exchanged their experiences about measures introduced at national level against novel coronavirus and expressed their support for undisturbed trade and transit, Orbán’s press chief Bertalan Havasi said. They reviewed possibilities for cooperation in the health-care sector and helping each other’s stranded citizens. Orbán expressed Hungary’s thanks for donations received from Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. Uzbekistan has granted 150,000 masks and Azerbaijan an additional 10,000 masks to Hungary. Orbán also thanked Kazakhstan for allowing aircraft transporting medical equipment from China to land and refuel. Despite export restrictions, Turkey has allowed 8 tonnes of textiles for making masks and hand sanitiser gels to be shipped to Hungary, Orbán said. “It’s in troubled times that you get to know who your good friends really are,” he added.
Hungary has had observer status in the Turkic Council since 2018.