Sándor Lezsák, the deputy speaker of parliament, held talks with Yerlan Koshanov, speaker of the Kazakh parliament, in Astana, Parliament’s press office said. The two officials marked the 30th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations and discussed bilateral ties, which are at the level of a strategic partnership, the statement said. They hailed Hungary and Kazakhstan’s strong parliamentary ties, noting that the Kazakh house speaker will pay an official visit to Budapest in the first half of 2023. Meanwhile, Lezsák also held talks with Darkhan Kydyrali, Kazakhstan’s minister of information and social development, Sayasat Nurbek, the minister of science and higher education, and leaders of Astana’s Nazarbayev University. Lezsák’s talks with the university leaders touched on the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships offered by Hungary to Kazakh students and cooperation between Hungarian and Kazakh universities.
At his meetings, Lezsák also talked about the memorial year dedicated to the bicentenary of Hungarian poet and revolutionary Sándor Petőfi in 2023 as part of which central Hungary’s Lakitelek Folk School will cooperate with the International Organisation of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) in holding an international literary translation competition involving Petőfi’s works.
The deputy speaker also visited the site of the Alzhir labour camp where he laid a wreath at the memorial honouring the Hungarian women who were imprisoned there in the Stalinist era, the statement said.