Agreements with Kazakhstan, Taiwan evolving

Int’l Relations

The sitting government’s “Eastern Opening Policy” moves forward today, with Hungarian representatives in talks on bilateral relations in Kazakhstan and Taiwan.

House Speaker László Kövér got an audience with none other than Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov in the capitol city of Astana. According to the Kazakh PM’s official website, on the table were issues of bilateral relations including trade, economic and cooperative investment.

Akhmetov stated that “Hungary is one of the main partners of Kazakhstan in Central and Eastern Europe.”

Meanwhile on the planet's other half, Hungarian ambassador to Taiwan Levente Székely yesterday announced the imminent signing of a working vacation agreement between the two nations; this morning, Director-General Ming-zhong Zhang of the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of European Affairs stated that he hoped such a pact would be signed with Hungary by January 1.

The working vacation scheme would call for an exchange program of 100 adults under age 35 to live and work in the other country. Taiwan currently has like agreements in place with nine countries.

Székely also stated that the two nations are “in the final stages of negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding” on agriculture, and affirmed improving ties between Hungary and Taiwan. The ambassador stated he’d try to have agreements with Taiwan extended into sports, culture and education.


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