Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Armenian President Vahagn Khachaturyan in his office in Budapest, and pledged to further strengthen diplomatic ties between the countries. Orbán said the relations between Hungary and Armenia were strong and based on mutual respect. “Hungarians value Armenia’s cultural and Christian traditions. It is time we stepped up diplomatic relations too,” Orbán said. At the talks, Orbán and Khachaturyan said economic cooperation was expected to develop apace in the coming period, especially in the areas of energy and tourism.