Szijjártó discusses energy, economic cooperation with Turkey

Int’l Relations

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó discussed energy, business cooperation, and shared efforts to manage global challenges, with Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and two members of his cabinet in Ankara yesterday. 

Turkey will play a strategic role in supplying energy to Hungary and the rest of Europe under Russia's plan to scrap the South Stream gas pipeline and find an alternative route to Turkey, Szijjártó told MTI.

"We now have the task to make preparations for investments through which [Russian] gas in Turkey can get to central Europe", Szijjártó said. Szijjártó noted that Russia was in negotiations with Turkey concerning an annual supply of 63 billion cubic meters of natural gas, as well as on building a regional gas distributor near Turkey's border with Greece.

The Turkish Prime Minister will pay a visit to Hungary at the end of February when the strategic council of the two governments will hold a meeting, Szijjártó said. The visit is expected to take place on February 24-25, he said.

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