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Hungary reopens embassy in Cyprus

Hungary has reopened its embassy in Cyprus, which is a clear sign of the Hungarian government's appreciation of continuously developing bilateral ties, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in Nicosia on Tuesday.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the minister called bilateral relations “a success story” backed by economic cooperation. He noted bilateral trade turnover of over 100 million euros, up 28 percent year on year based on the latest statistics, adding that Hungary’s exports to Cyprus increased 2.5-fold in the past 10 years.

Noting Cyprus’s Hungarian expatriate community of nearly 4,000, the large number of Hungarian tourists, Hungary’s presence in the United Nations peace keeping mission, as well as economic cooperation, the Hungarian government decided to reopen the country’s foreign mission and developing diplomatic services, the minister said.

It is crucial to provide the best possible services to Hungarian tourists and Hungarians living in Cyprus, Szijjarto said, adding that “a personal diplomatic presence could also be key to further improve diplomatic ties.” “I hope the embassy will clearly demonstrate how important the Hungarian side considers ties with Cyprus,” Szijjarto said.

“The Hungarian government is committed to writing further chapters of the success story of the two countries,” he said.

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