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AZBEJ: HUNGARY, ARMENIA FOR STABILITY IN CAUCASUS

 

Hungary and Armenia share an interest in ensuring stability in the Caucasus, Tristan Azbej, state secretary in charge of aid programmes for persecuted Christian communities, told MTI by phone from Yerevan on Monday, adding that Hungary’s European Union presidency would strive to strengthen ties between the EU and the Caucasian region. Azbej, who is on a one-day working visit in Armenia, said bilateral cooperation “is further strengthening and will soon include further components”. He said the Hungary Helps programme will provide further aid to Armenian families that had fled the Karabakh region. A donation of 200 million forints (EUR 507,500) may be spent on food, household articles, welfare services, and education, he added. The state secretary noted that the Hungarian government had earlier provided Armenians with an emergency donation of 40 million forints via the Armenian Red Cross. Azbej arrived in Armenia on Wizz Air’s first Budapest-Yerevan direct flight.