Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto – Photo: Facebook

Szijjarto hails Hungary-Mongolia cooperation

Cooperation between Hungary and Mongolia is close despite the geographical distance between them, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Facebook on Wednesday.

Szijjarto noted that Hungary had donated vaccines to Mongolia during the coronavirus pandemic, adding that the two countries also cooperate actively in the areas of agriculture and water management, which last year led to a “record trade turnover”.

Hungary offers the most university scholarships to Mongolia relative to the size of its population, he said, noting that 903 students had applied for the 200 available scholarships this year.

He said the two countries had concluded their talks on an air transport agreement, which had been made all the more important by Mongolia having scrapped the visa requirement for Hungary.

Szijjarto noted that Hungary and Mongolia will mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties next year. He said boosting bilateral cooperation presented an even greater opportunity given that Mongolia has the world’s second-biggest reserve of rare-earth elements.

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