Cooperation between Hungary and Qatar has always been based on mutual respect, and there is no political obstacle to further boosting bilateral ties, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after talks with Qatar’s energy and foreign ministers in Doha on Wednesday. Szijjártó underlined the importance of maintaining good relations with countries that have an impact on the entire global economy amid the current economic difficulties, noting that Qatar was one such country. Bilateral trade turnover reached a record 60 million US dollars last year and has continued to rise this year, he added. Szijjártó welcomed the direct air link between Budapest and Doha, noting that the tourism industry was in great need of increased tourist numbers. He highlighted the economic importance of the EU having strengthened its ties with the Gulf countries, saying this needed to be based on mutual respect. Meanwhile, he said Hungary and Qatar shared the same position on the war in Ukraine, noting that both countries condemned the conflict and wanted peace. And peace can only be achieved through negotiation, for which communication channels must be left open, he added.