Szijjártó discusses economic ties with Chinese, Mongolian officials

Int’l Relations

kormany.hu/Márton Kovács

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó today met his Mongolian counterpart and Chinaʼs deputy foreign minister in Luxembourg to discuss ongoing and future economic cooperation, the foreign ministry told Hungarian news agency MTI.

(Photo: kormany.hu/Márton Kovács)

The ministry said in a statement that Hungary continues to play a leading role in the cooperation under the framework of the China-Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) and is still considered a key regional hub for Chinese investments.

Talks on the revamping of the Budapest-Belgrade rail line have entered a new phase, with financing talks now at the top of the agenda, the ministry said.

Hungarian food exports to China have multiplied six-fold over the course of the year, amounting to nearly $30 mln by the end of August, the statement said, adding that Hungary has applied for further food export permits from China.

Szijjártó and Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Wang Chao welcomed reports that half a year after the relaunch of direct flights between Budapest and Beijing, the number of Chinese tourists in Hungary is up 50%.

Szijjártó also met his Mongolian counterpart, Lundeg Purevsuren, and reassured him that Hungary supports the strengthening of EU-Mongolia ties. Hungarian companies are successful in the fields of water management, construction and agriculture in Mongolia and a Hungarian company is involved in the printing of Mongolian biometric passports, the foreign ministry said.

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