Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Viktor Orbán discussed energy security

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán convened in Budapest yesterday to discuss energy security and strengthen bilateral cooperation, AFP reported on the meeting.

The parliaments of Hungary and Turkiye are yet to ratify certain documents, and Ankara, which had maintained a veto for an extended period, only altered its stance last month, as noted by AFP.

Both nations’ legislative bodies are presently in recess, with the possibility of revisiting the matter during the autumn session. Following the discussions, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó remarked that this issue might be revisited then, and he emphasized the commitment to ongoing communication.

Furthermore, the two leaders agreed to enhance their collaboration within the energy sector. Notably, Hungary already receives substantial gas supplies from Russia via the Turkish Stream pipeline, a fact highlighted by AFP.

Building upon their existing “strategic partnership,” Budapest and Ankara intend to make an official announcement regarding this advancement during the planned December visit of Turkish President Erdogan to Hungary.

This visit by the Turkish leader is part of a series of diplomatic gatherings organized by Orbán to coincide with the inauguration of the World Athletics Championships, which commenced in Budapest yesterday.

Among the distinguished guests hosted by Orbán today were the heads of state from Serbia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan.

Sijarto welcomed the “close cooperation between Central Asia and the Western Balkans,” underscoring its particular significance given the ongoing energy crisis.

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