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Orbán caps off Kyrgyz visit by meeting heads of state, govʼt

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán capped off his Asian trip by meeting Kyrgyzstanʼs President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on Tuesday.

Orbán noted that he is the first Hungarian head of government to make an official visit to Kyrgyzstan, according to state news agency MTI. He added that the spiritual and economic foundations on which ties between the two countries rest are good, and noted that there are opportunities for Hungarian companies to do business with partners in Kyrgyzstan in healthcare, water management, agriculture and IT.

Earlier this week, the prime minister attended the 6th Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States in Kyrgyzstan. According to official government website kormany.hu, Orbán said that Hungarians see themselves as the late descendants of Attila the Hun, adding that they stand on the basis of Hun-Turkic origins, and their language is related to Turkic languages.

Orbán also claimed during his trip that the old world order has come to an end, adding that the new world order will be fundamentally determined by the development of the rising states of the East.

On Tuesday, MTI reported that Hungary has opened a USD 65 million credit line to support partnerships between local and Kyrgyz businesses. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó was cited as saying in Bishkek that Hungary has also signed an agreement with Kyrgyzstan on tourism.

"We would like many more tourists from Central Asia to get to know the sites of Hungary, as this would raise the countryʼs profile as well as its revenue," the minister said.

Hungary is increasing the number of scholarships it offers for youth from Kyrgyzstan to study here from 25 to 75 from next September, he added.