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Qatar has been of crucial importance for Europe, since in the past year "a large part of the Russian gas missing from the European economy has been replaced by LNG from that country", Viktor Orbán said in a video published on Facebook.

The prime minister announced that Hungary would also buy gas from Qatar in future. Orbán arrived in Doha on an official visit on Sunday and is scheduled to address the Qatar Economic Forum. In his video, he said he had held “long, comprehensive and successful talks” with the emir of Qatar. Orbán noted Qatar’s outstanding economic performance and its presence across the world. He also said Qatar was “in the peace camp”, which had an interest in an urgent settlement of the war in Ukraine, adding that Qatar was willing to mediate in the interest of peace talks. The prime minister said an agreement had been reached concerning Hungary’s gas purchases from Qatar, adding that “standing on several feet is better than on one foot”. “We have seen eye to eye in infrastructure projects, airport development, cooperation in the communications industry … we even concluded agreements in agriculture,” he said. “Good perspectives have opened up for bilateral economic cooperation,” the prime minister said.