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MINSK, 5 June (BelTA) – I have come to Minsk with a sincere intention to establish cooperation between the two countries and I hope that my visit will become an important step towards developing bilateral relations, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said as he met with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Minsk on 5 June, BelTA has learned.
Viktor Orban thanked the Belarusian head of state for the opportunity to visit Minsk. “I am honored to be the first prime minister of Hungary to make an official visit to your country,” he said.
The head of government also explained the reasons for choosing Belarus as the country to visit after a long hiatus in foreign trips: “When I thought about my foreign trips after the pandemic, mulling over where to go first, I decided to go where we promised to go long time ago. I am happy to be here for many reasons.”
He also recalled his meeting with Aleksandr Lukashenko in Istanbul. “We happened to hold talks there. I have pleasant memories of the meeting,” he said.
According to him, there are no unresolved issues between Belarus and Hungary. “There are no political clashes. We do not remember Belarus ever showing a disrespect towards Hungary. Hungary, in turn, have always acknowledged Belarus. All is well in general. But, unfortunately, you are right that we have made very little of it. Our political contacts are not close enough. We do not talk much to each other, and the amount of economic cooperation is also modest," the prime minister said.
Viktor Orban stressed that Belarus is a developed country, especially in industry. He also praised the achievements in culture and sports. “I very much hope that the meeting will be a significant step forward [in the development of relations]. I came here with sincere intention to establish cooperation,” the prime minister.