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Turkiye-Hungary marks 100th Anniversary of diplomatic ties

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Budapest, 20 December 2023(TDI): President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expresses his gratitude for the honor of attending the 6th meeting of the Turkiye-Hungary High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council in Budapest.

Today, both countries commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Turkiye-Hungary Friendship Treaty, which opened diplomatic relations between them.

Celebrating a Century of Friendship

The Turkey-Hungary Culture Year, which will begin in Budapest in 2024, officially opened its doors with President Novak and Prime Minister Orban on the 100th anniversary of the Turkiye-Hungary Friendship Agreement of 1923.

In addition to this, high-level visits, historical and cultural ties, and cooperation within international organizations such as NATO, the EU, the Council of Europe, and the Organization of Turkic States have all assisted in establishing Turkey and Hungary’s peaceful relations.

Additionally, Hungary’s help in getting EU membership further enhanced their relations. After the formation of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) in 2013, Turkey-Hungary relations increased to a state of strategic collaboration. By 2023, two-way relations were determined to reach the Enhanced Strategic Partnership level.

Strategic Collaboration and Economic Progress

Years Export Import Balance Volume
2019 1.423 1.308 +115 2.731
2020 1.263 1.471 -207 2.734
2021 1.40 1.645 -245 3.045
2022 1.597 1.849 -252 3.446

Source : Turkish Statistical Institute (million Dollar)

Both sides reviewed bilateral ties and underlined that their trade volume reached $4 billion in the first 11 months of this year, with a mutual objective of $6 billion.

They aimed to enhance connections in the military and energy, where they already have successful partnerships. Moreover, they agreed that conflict and violence are not the solution in Palestine and Ukraine, and they underlined the need for the international community to send the right words.

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As per the reports, their combined goal for bilateral trade volume with Hungary was $6 billion. Meanwhile, their primary export items are machinery, motor cars, iron, steel, metal, and plastic.

On the other hand, the main import items include plastic, motor vehicles, organic chemicals, and their parts. Additionally, in 2022, the value of their bilateral trade exceeded 3.446 billion dollars.

One important aspect of their bilateral ties with Hungary is their partnership in the fields of culture and education. This connection is strengthened via the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Center (YETKM) in Budapest and the Hungarian Cultural Center Liszt Institute in Istanbul.

During Recep Tayyib Erdogan’s official visit to Budapest , the “Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on Graduate Policies and Scholarship Programs” was signed by Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkiye, and Janos Csak, Minister of Culture and Innovation of Hungary.

President Erdogan attended the 100th anniversary of the Turkey-Hungary Friendship Treaty in Budapest during the 6th meeting of the Turkey-Hungary High Level Strategic Cooperation Council
President Erdogan attended the 100th anniversary of the Turkey-Hungary Friendship Treaty in Budapest during the 6th meeting of the Turkey-Hungary High Level Strategic Cooperation Council

Additionally, both parties signed a few memoranda of understanding that aim to boost official scholarship programs, share graduation policies, carry out cultural and social events, and provide language courses, internships, and short-term training for government employees and students.

Looking ahead, in 2024, the two countries plan to allow their delegates to participate in education and cultural initiatives and explore partnerships under the Turkish Communication Program for Public Officials and Academicians (KATIP).

Aqsa Bibi
Aqsa Bibi
Aqsa Bibi is a dedicated undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in International Relations at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Multan. In addition to her academic interests, she is passionate about understanding global dynamics. She has worked with various organizations sponsored by the US Embassy Islamabad. Her commitment to the field and determination to contribute significantly to international relations is evident in her involvement in initiatives. The writer can be reached at kaqsa064@gmail.com

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