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Türkiye is a reliable and predictable transit partner without whom Hungary's secure energy supply would not be guaranteed, Péter Szijjártó, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said in Ankara on Wednesday.

Responding to a question at a news conference following the inauguration of an incubator plant built by Hungary’s Medicor, Szijjártó expressed Hungary’s gratitude for Türkiye’s role in guaranteeing the country’s energy security. “There can be no secure energy supply in Hungary without the transit route in Türkiye,” he said, pointing out that the TurkStream gas pipeline was the only east-west pipeline in Europe that was operating reliably. He said the Hungarian government would continue to count on Türkiye’s role as a gas transit country, noting a developing agreement on the purchase of gas from Azerbaijan which would require the same transit route. Talks are also ongoing with Turkish energy company BOTAŞ on the purchase of Turkish gas, he added. Meanwhile, Szijjártó highlighted the importance of nuclear energy when it comes to energy cooperation, given that Hungary and Türkiye are building nuclear plants that use the same technology. The reactor blocks being built in Türkiye are expected to be the ones to go online sooner, and will provide useful information to Hungary, he said.