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Hungary-Turkey relations are steaming ahead, the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Zsolt Németh, said after visiting Turkey. The two countries will celebrate the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations next year, Németh noted, adding that the two governments had signed an agreement on the mutual acceptance of immunity certificates “in good time, at the start of the tourist season”.
Hungary continues to support Turkey’s EU accession process, he said, adding that it was important that Turkey receives financial support promised by the bloc. Talks must continue on visa liberalisation and the renewal of the customs union, he said. Hopefully the Turkic Council, he said, would hold a meeting this year, adding that agreement was reached on the countries’ respective foreign affairs committees cooperating under the Turkic Council’s framework.
Hungary’s foreign affairs committee delegation travelled to Ankara and Izmir and met the Turkish foreign minister, a partner committee delegation and the head and members of Turkey’s Council of Europe delegation. They also laid a wreath at the statue of Hungarian revolutionary Lajos Kossuth in Izmir and paid a visit to the Hungarian contingent in NATO’s Allied Land Command.