Elections will not affect Turkey-Hungary relations, says envoy Matis

The recent elections in Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban is set to continue his term for another four years, will not negatively affect relations between the two countries, said Hungarian Ambassador to Turkey Viktor Matis.

Underlining that the ties have been strengthened at the level of strategic cooperation since 2013 and are progressing at a rapid pace, Matis said: “Therefore, this persistence is a very positive thing for us, for Turkey-Hungary relations.”

He also announced Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto’s upcoming visit on Tuesday.

“This will be one of his first visits after the elections. It shows how important Turkey is to our foreign affairs,” Matis told Anadolu Agency (AA).

He recalled that Trade Minister Mehmet Muş visited Hungary a month ago and said that the two countries have organized a support program for Turkish and Hungarian companies in third countries.

Regarding the elections, Matis said it was interesting to note that although six opposition parties came together, they failed to win.

Orban’s party won 53% of the vote in Hungary as the country’s six main opposition parties put aside their ideological differences and formed a united front against right-wing Fidesz.

But with 99% of the vote counted in the election for the country’s 199-seat parliament, Fidesz won 53% of the vote while the opposition coalition, significantly below expectations, won 35%.

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