Saudi-Hungarian Links Praised at National Day Event

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Some 200 guests, including diplomatic representatives, Saudi citizens and Hungarian friends, enjoyed traditional Arabic sweets and coffee as they gathered at the Budapest Marriott Hotel on September 27 to celebrate the 88th anniversary of the national day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Left, Saudi Ambassador Mohammed A. Al Matrafi and László Kövér, Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary.

In his welcome speech, Saudi Ambassador Mohammed A. Al Matrafi spoke of the progress his country has made in building “a homeland that has evolved, thanks to God, into a country enjoying security, stability and prosperity”.

He also spoke of the government’s Vision 2030 that “aims at diversifying sources of income, facing economic and social challenges and encouraging foreign investors”.

Ambassador Al Matrafi applaud the level of bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Hungary “based on common interests and mutual respect” and praised the “positive and effective contribution of parliamentary cooperation between our countries”.

In return, László Kövér, Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary, representing the government, praised the “social and economic transformation” of modern Saudi Arabia. “Hungary strives for closer cooperation with the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia”, which he said “has traditionally been Hungary’s key trade partner in the region”, the Speaker added.

He welcomed and supported Saudi investment in Hungary and Hungarian businesses in Saudi Arabia, and said Ambassador Al Matrafi was “playing an outstanding role” in forging political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries.

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