Speaker of Parliament László Kövér held talks in Oman, focusing on developing political and economic cooperation with that country and the region, the Hungarian parliament’s press office told MTI on Monday. In his talks with Khalid Al Mawali, head of Oman’s Consultative Assembly, Kövér said his visit would also promote relations between the parliaments of the two countries. The talks also touched upon the impact of the recent coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Kövér regretted that “we are the only country in Europe that talks about peace” and warned that unless an early ceasefire was achieved “it will have very serious ramifications for us all”.
Al Mawali said ties between Hungary and Oman were very good, with the two countries in agreement on a number of international issues. He added that strengthening economic ties should serve as a basis for more intensive cooperation. Kövér was received by Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, deputy prime minister of the Council of Ministers. At the talks, Kövér pointed to water management, agriculture, the defence industry and education as areas with further cooperation opportunities, while his negotiating partner said his country appreciated the moderate and balanced policies of the Hungarian government. Kövér is scheduled to meet Abdulmalik Abdullah Ali al Khalili, head of the State Council, and Foreign Minister Badr Bin Hamad Bin Hamood Al Busaidi. Following his talks in Oman, Kövér will leave for an official visit to Egypt.