Erdogan hails Turkey-Hungary cooperation

By Aynur Ekiz

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday praised cooperation between Ankara and Budapest, describing it as “exemplary".

“We are working hard mutually with Hungary, which we have deep and rooted ties, to improve our cooperation,” Erdogan wrote on Twitter, following his two-day official visit to the country.

“Our cooperation with Hungary within the scope of international organizations such as NATO, Council of Europe and European Union is exemplary,” Erdogan added.

Erdogan said the relations between the two countries boosted after a high-level strategic cooperation council was established in 2013.

The bilateral trade volume between the two countries climbed to $ 2.6 billion in 2017, he added.

“We will move forward with concrete steps to reach $5 billion trade volume,” Erdogan added.

The Turkish president paid the visit to Hungary on Monday and Tuesday upon the invitation of his Hungarian counterpart Janos Ader.

Erdogan was accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan, Turkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

He also met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and addressed a business forum.

After the business meeting, Erdogan officially inaugurated the restored Tomb of Gul Baba in the capital Budapest and paid a visit to the Budapest Turkish Memorial Cemetery.

At the cemetery, Erdogan laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier, alongside Orban.