PM of Hungary to visit Pakistan next month: envoy

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Hungary, Mr. Viktor Orban will visit Pakistan next month, on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistani ambassador to Hungary Mohemmed Aejaz said on Wednesday.

He said the visit is historic and significant due to several reasons. It will be the first ever visit by a Prime Minister, from either side.

Mr. Viktor Orban, who is currently serving his 3rd consecutive term as Prime Minister of Hungary, is now the longest serving leader in the European Union, after departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Visit of the Hungarian Prime Minister is also important as it would be the first visit by a leader of the European Union to Pakistan in 15 years.

Both countries have engaged closely during the past two years, and especially during 2021. Foundation for the latest warmth in the relationship was laid by the two Foreign Ministers, when Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto visited Pakistan on the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in April. A large business delegation had also accompanied the Hungarian Foreign Minister during the visit.

In March 2021, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, under his Economic Diplomacy campaign, had jointly inaugurated the Hungary-Pakistan-Tade & Economic Window (HPTEW) together with his Hungarian counterpart.

Several high-level return visits were undertaken from Pakistan to Hungary, afterward. These included among others the visit of a Pakistani Parliamentary delegation, a visit by PM Advisor/Minister for Climate Change and a Visit of Governor Punjab to Budapest.

During the upcoming visit by the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban,  the two leaders are likely to discuss various bilateral and regional issues, particularly matters related to enhancing two-way trade and economic cooperation.

Placed at notable geo-economic locations, both Pakistan and Hungary have a tremendous potential to develop long-term economic cooperation in the months and years ahead.

Both sides, particularly the two Embassies have played an active role in promoting bilateral trade, commercial and economic interests, and in opening new windows of opportunity for the business community. TF REPORT

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