Kurdistan, Hungary Seek to Strengthen Relations

The State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Mr. Zsolt Nemeth, has received the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa to discuss a number of issues including ways to further enhance mutual relations. The meeting was also attended by the Hungarian Ambassador to Iraq, Mr Tibor Szatmari.

Minister Mustafa arrived in Budapest on Thursday to conduct a number of meetings with Hungarian government officials as well as to deliver a lecture at the Corvinus University in Budapest.

During the meeting both sides underlined the importance of strengthening political, economic, cultural, and educational ties. Minister Mustafa briefed the Hungarian side on the latest political developments in Kurdistan including the recently held parliamentary elections which took place on 21 September of this year.

Mr Nemeth commended the political and economic developments of the Kurdistan Region and expressed Hungary’s desire to strengthen ties with Kurdistan across a broad range of areas. “We place great value on opening our General Consulate in the Kurdistan Region because it is a safe and stable area and provides a healthy environment for investment,” Mr Nemeth said.

Minister Mustafa emphasized Kurdistan Regional Government’s desire to establish ties with the international community and expressed the full readiness of the KRG in expediting the opening of the Hungarian Consulate General in Erbil. He also touched upon the importance of establishing diplomatic presence in Erbil, saying that it would open more doors for the involvement of Hungarian companies in the economic development of Kurdistan Region. Minister Mustafa emphasized the importance of building bridges and partnerships with the international community.

Minister Mustafa said: “It is time to build upon the visit of President Barzani to Hungary last year. We see Hungary as a friend and partner of the Kurdistan Region.”

The two sides also talked about the situation of Syrian refugees in Kurdistan Region. Mr Nemeth praised KRG’s efforts in sheltering and providing humanitarian aid for refugees and expressed the readiness of Hungarian government to provide humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees in Kurdistan Region.

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