Baku, November 3, 2014, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev meets Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations Péter Szijjártó MTI Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
Strategic partnership negotiations between Hungary and Azerbaijan start next Tuesday when the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev visits Budapest said Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in Baku on Monday.
During the visit several agreements will be signed between the two countries including an aviation document - Wizz Air flights between Baku and Budapest will be re-launched in March. An agreement on cooperation in higher education - Hungary grants 200 scholarship to Azerbaijani students studying in Hungarian higher education programs and a cooperation agreement on sports and tourism will be also signed.
Baku, November 3, 2014, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó lays a wreath at the tomb of late Azerbaijani president Heydar Aliyev. MTI Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
Szijjártó pointed out that Hungarian exports to Azerbaijan increased by 38 percent last year and the first eight months of this year it rose by 18 percent. The two countries have decided to strengthen cooperation in livestock-transport, water management, construction and in the pharmaceuticals industry. To ensure the financial coverage of the agreements Hungarian Eximbank began negotiations with "the strongest Azerbaijan financial institution," the Pasabank to establish a joint investment fund.
Hungary urging the European Union to start cooperating with Azerbaijan as the Ukrainian situation clearly shows that the success of the Eastern Partnership program is vital for the European Union. "This would require that the European Union offer specific programs for countries participating in the Eastern Partnership program as Hungary already proposed it in 2011” said Szijjártó.
(MTI - hungarianambiance.com)