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Premier sets off to Southeast Asia to promote investor relations

Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány is leaving for a 10-day official visit to three Southeast Asian countries including Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia today, with the aim of promoting mutual investment projects with Hungary, dailies Népszabadság and Népszava reported. The premier will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Ferenc Somogyi, Economy and Transport Minister János Kóka, and a delegation of 21 businessmen. ?Hungary wishes to become a gateway to the EU for Asian companies,? Government Spokesman András Batiz commented. In addition to meeting politicians and national leaders, Gyurcsány will also visit a children?s clinic being built by the Hungarian Red Cross in the tsunami-stricken Aceh region of Indonesia and be the first foreign politician to enter the region after last weekend?s agreement between the government and separatists, which is hoped to end 30 years of violent conflicts.