After the official part of the ceremony ended, the two sides retreated in the parliament where official meetings began.
"Very few leading countries in the world today can boast with such an resounding economic success than Turkey” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his opening speech. The Hungarian prime minister stressed that the Turkish example is an encouragement for Hungary as well; it says, if a nation can joining forces and their leaders can draw up viable economic plans everything is possible said Orbán.
PM Orbán said Hungary wanted Turkey to lift visa requirements for Hungarian citizens because after Croatia, Turkey is the most visited tourist destination of Hungarian citizens. The prime minister stressed that he would welcome if Turkish officials could accelerate the recognition of Hungarian university diplomas as well. In addition, the Hungarian prime minister expressed the need for allowing Hungarian companies to participate in Turkey's nuclear energy programs.
Regarding cultural issues, PM Orbán remarked that Hungary would like to open a Hungarian Cultural Center in Turkey similar to Turkish Cultural Center in Hungary.
In summary, the Hungarian prime minister stressed that Tuesday's talks confirmed that Turkey and Hungary are strong allies.
Prior to the international press conference, the two countries signed a cooperation agreement on the preservation of Turkish cultural heritage in Hungary.
Szijjártó highlighted that Turkey is Hungary's sixth most important non-EU trading partner. The value of trade between 2002 and 2011, grew four-fold. Turkish investments in Hungary in 2011 was € 3.7 million; about 300 Turkish companies are operating in Hungary.
The Turkish prime minister spoke about the two countries' common history, language and family ties that now, have to be enhanced with closer cooperation. Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that he supports Hungary's Eastern partnership policy that Turkey has already benefited a great deal, especially, in a time when European markets are contracting.
(mno.hu – hungarianambiance.com)