Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto – Photo: Facebook

Szijjarto: Hungarian company lays cornerstone to rebuild Soltanli in Nagorno-Karabakh

A cornerstone ceremony has been held in the village of Soltanli in Nagorno-Karabakh, to be rebuilt by a Hungarian company, the minister of foreign affairs and trade said on Friday.

Peter Szijjarto said in Soltanli that some 5,000-6,000 people will be able to return to the village thanks to the project.

The ministry cited Szijjarto as saying that an agreement has been signed between Baku and Budapest in line with which Hungarian companies will rebuild Soltanli, and the KESZ Group has signed a contract to carry out the work.

Residential buildings, community buildings, hospitals, schools, kindergarten and sports facilities will be rebuilt, he added.

“This cornerstone ceremony is the first step towards comprehensive reconstruction, and another sign of the true friendship between Hungary and Azerbaijan,” he said.

Szijjarto, who is the first European Union foreign minister visiting the region, said it would be desirable for a peace treaty ending the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be signed soon.

Hungary has been working for 13 years to develop true strategic friendship with Azerbaijan, considered an important friend and ally, he added.

He said Hungary’s friendship was not only “friendship based on natural gas”.

“We always stand up for Azerbaijan concerning the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, too,” he added.

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