MINSK, 5 June (BelTA) – Belarus and Hungary should use all opportunities for the expansion of cooperation, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban who is in Belarus on the first official visit on 5 June, BelTA informs.
“I want to congratulate you. You are opening old-new routes to the whole world after this terrible, as it seemed, epidemic. I want to thank you for coming to Belarus and opening this route. I think much words are unnecessary right now. We know each other quite well, although not in person. We met at various international forums and conferences several times,” the Belarusian leader said.
He remarked that Hungary is a close country for Belarus. The countries have maintained robust cooperation since Soviet times. “I am well aware of the opportunities, the potential, and the scale of cooperation between the USSR and Hungary in the previous century. This [Hungary] is an advanced country with a huge potential,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The head of state believes that the existing level of trade, economic and political relations between Belarus and Hungary is not commensurate with the potential of the two countries. “The trade turnover of $255 million is not enough for Belarus and Hungary. We need to use all opportunities of Belarus and Hungary for the expansion of trade between the two countries and two powerful economic organizations – the EU on one side and the Eurasian Economic Union on the other side,” he said.
“I want you to know that we are prepared for it. Belarus will be fully committed to all our agreements,” the Belarusian leader concluded.