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SZIJJÁRTÓ: HUNGARY-TÜRKIYE COOPERATION 'REAL SUCCESS STORY'

 

The cooperation between Hungary and Türkiye is a real success story, the foreign minister said on Saturday. Péter Szijjártó said on Facebook during the summit of the Organization of Turkic States in Shusha, in Azerbaijan, that trade between Hungary and Türkiye had exceeded 4 billion dollars, breaking a new record, last year. “Our cooperation with Türkiye contributes to the security of Hungary’s energy supplies, Hungary having become the first neighbouring country with Türkiye this year where Türkiye exports natural gas,” he said. Hungary’s natural gas supplies could not be guaranteed without the reliable transit role of the TurkStream pipeline and Türkiye, with some 6 billion cubic metres of natural gas arriving by this route to Hungary last year and continued reliable supplies this year, he said. He said consultations were ongoing on the expansion of energy cooperation to include crude oil extraction and nuclear energy. Szijjártó said that “during our European Union presidency we plan to call a meeting of the Türkiye-EU Association Council, and in order to further develop trade cooperation we would like to renew the EU customs union with Türkiye and make progress in the area of visa simplification”.