Erdoğan to Visit Budapest on Hungary's Birthday

  • 14 Aug 2023 10:19 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Erdoğan to Visit Budapest on Hungary's Birthday
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accepted Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's invitation to pay a working visit to Budapest on August 20, the prime minister's press chief said.

The Hungarian-Turkish summit will be held at Orbán’s office, and issues on the agenda include security, the defence industry and economic affairs.

The sides will also prepare groundwork for the next meeting of the Hungarian-Turkish high-level strategic cooperation council to be held at the end of this year.

Orbán and Erdoğan last met at the NATO summit in Vilnius last month to discuss Sweden’s accession to the alliance. At a meeting in Ankara in March, the two leaders discussed the war in Ukraine and energy security issues.

Orbán’s press chief said after their meeting that both Hungary and Türkiye had an interest in “a just peace” reached through diplomatic means as quickly as possible.

Erdoğan thanked Hungary for the solidarity it showed in the aftermath of the February earthquake in Türkiye and for its “enormous help”, especially the “heroic” efforts of Hungarian search and rescue teams.

Orbán asked Erdoğan to ensure that Türkiye continues to be a reliable partner in the delivery of natural gas from the east.

MTI Photo: Tamás Kovács

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