Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks with Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the president of Uzbekistan, in Budapest on Tuesday, the PM’s press chief said. At the talks held at the Castle District premises of the Prime Minister’s Office, Orbán said Hungary considers Uzbekistan a crucially important partner in the Central Asian region. Cooperation between the two countries is of strategic importance from a political, security, economic and energy standpoint, Bertalan Havasi cited the prime minister as saying. The two leaders were in agreement that economic cooperation between Hungary and Uzbekistan was more intense than at any other time in the past, highlighting the role of the Hungarian-Uzbek Business Council. The talks also touched on Hungary offering one year of training to ten Uzbek university students in the field of nuclear energy as part of the Stipendium Hungaricum scheme with a view to promoting nuclear cooperation between the two countries. Orbán accepted the Uzbek president’s invitation to the Organization of Turkic States summit to be held in Samarkand next month. Hungary and Uzbekistan signed 14 agreements during Tuesday’s talks, including one on the advancement of their strategic partnership, as well as agreements on cooperation in the areas of health care, environmental protection, sports and agriculture.