November 28, 2021

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Orban kicked off Budapest Summit for V4 and Turkish Council representatives

Orban arrived on a two-day official visit to Turkey on Wednesday.

Hungary started a meeting of the highest representatives of the Turkish-speaking Cooperation Council (Turkish Council) and the Visegrad Four (V4) in Budapest in the first half of next year. This was announced Friday in Istanbul, Turkey by the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban. This was reported to MTI.

The members of the Turkish Council are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, while Hungary has observer status. In 2019, they opened a representative office for this group in Budapest.

Orban stated that Hungary is the country that will chair the Visegrad Group until June 30, 2022, which includes the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia in its membership.

During the meeting of the Turkish Council on Friday, the Hungarian Prime Minister held bilateral talks with Kyrgyz President Sadir Zabarov and President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kasim Zumart Tokajev.

Orban arrived on a two-day official visit to Turkey on Wednesday. After talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he said on Thursday that Europe needed allies to expand its protective wall.

“Turkey acts as a buffer,” said the Hungarian prime minister, who attended the fifth meeting of the Hungarian-Turkish government of the Strategic Cooperation Council with a number of government ministers in the Turkish capital.

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