Budapest, 4 July 2023 (TDI): Kuwait’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Salem Al Sabahm, engaged in a conversation with his Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjarto, during his official visit to Budapest on July 3, accompanied by his delegation.

At the outset of the meeting, Sheikh Salem extended the best regards of Kuwaiti leadership to Hungary and its leadership, expressing their genuine wishes for Hungary’s ongoing development, prosperity, progress, and the well-being of its people.

Bilateral Engagement between Hungary and Kuwait

The two sides discussed all the aspects of their bilateral relations and various frameworks for further strengthening and fostering collaboration in diverse domains.

Their discussions centred around the issue of exempting Kuwaiti citizens from the Schengen visa and joint undertakings to seek European Union support for this initiative.

The Hungarian foreign minister underlined his country’s unequivocal support and endeavours to fulfill Kuwait’s request within its partnership with the European Union.

During the talks, the top leaders deliberated on various regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Both parties reached a consensus and shared their perspectives on different vital issues, emphasizing the significance of pursuing a neutral and peaceful approach to resolving conflicts while ensuring the sovereignty of countries. This approach plays an important role in maintaining international peace and security.

Moreover, they considered the current political scenario in the region, especially developments in Iraq, Iran, the Palestinian issue, the Syrian crisis, and the peace process in the Middle East after the Iran-Saudi Arabia rapprochement brokered by China.

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While commenting on international issues, they touched upon the Russian-Ukraine crisis and its possible impacts on the international community, in addition to the mutual efforts against terrorism and extremism.

Foreign Minister Szijjártó asserted that terrorism not only triggered migration but also perpetuated it, thereby fueling the rise of transnational terrorism. “That’s why we attach great importance to the global fight against terrorism, and we thank Kuwait for taking up a leadership role in this, as the country is a leader in the global coalition against the Islamic State,” he added.

As a part of the talks, Budapest and Kuwait sealed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), underscoring their mutual commitment to cooperate in the field of tourism.