Pakistan and Hungary want to strengthen trade relations
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Hungary expressed desire to further strengthen cooperation in economic and trade, investment, industry, agriculture, water resources management, information technology, energy, healthcare and pharmaceutical, sports , culture, education and parliamentary exchanges.
This will was expressed by the two parties during the fifth round of the Pakistan-Hungary Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC) held in Budapest.
The Pakistani side was led by Dr Muhammad Tariq, Additional Secretary (Europe); while Laszlo Varadi, Deputy Secretary for State Cooperation, with the South headed the Hungarian side. Muhemmed Aejaz, Ambassador of Pakistan to Hungary, also attended the meeting.
The exchange of views covered the whole spectrum of bilateral relations, including issues relating to political, economic and trade relations, culture, defense and people-to-people contacts.
The two sides also reviewed recent developments in bilateral relations and explored the way forward to enhance cooperation in various fields.
A review of regional and international issues of mutual concern such as the situation in Afghanistan and Illegally Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) was part of the talks.
The two sides expressed satisfaction with the current pace of cooperation after the launch of the Hungary-Pakistan Trade and Economic Window (HPTEW) in March 2021, and the first Hungary-Pakistan Business Forum inaugurated by the two foreign ministers, as well. that of the subsequent visit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Minister Peter Szijjártó in Pakistan in April 2021.
Dr Tariq stressed the importance of regular high-level exchanges to strengthen ties in areas of mutual interest. The additional secretary also highlighted the measures taken by the Pakistani government to attract international tourism and attract foreign investment to the country.
He informed the Hungarian side of the positive role played by Pakistan in facilitating peace efforts with the aim of promoting an inclusive, broad and comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process. .
The additional secretary also briefed the Hungarian side on the serious human rights violations committed by India in the IIOJK, and pointed out that India had vitiated the atmosphere by taking the illegal and unilateral measure of August 5. 2019, and stressed that the responsibility lies with India. create an environment conducive to engagement and results-oriented dialogue.
Dr Tariq also called on the Minister of State for Public Administration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dr Csaba Balogh, and underlined the Pakistani leadership’s commitment to deepen relations with Hungary in various fields. .
In addition, the Additional Secretary also met with Deputy State Secretary for Cultural Diplomacy Marton Schoberil and exchanged views on promoting cultural relations between the two countries.
Subsequently, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding on “cultural cooperation” between Pakistan and Hungary for 2021/23.
Bilateral relations between Pakistan and Hungary are historically marked by friendship, cooperation and similarity of views on many important issues.
The two countries have maintained close collaboration in international forums, particularly at the UN. Pakistan is firmly committed to expanding and developing mutually beneficial cooperation with Hungary in all areas of mutual interest.
Both parties have agreed to hold the next cycle of PCBs next year on mutually agreed dates.