Between September 19–23, 2022 Ambassador János Hóvári, the Executive Head of the Representation Office of OTS in Budapest, paid a visit to Azerbaijan.
János Hóvári met with H.E. Hikmat Hajiyev, Assistant of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Khalaf Khalafov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; H.E. Emin Huseynov, one of the Special Representatives of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for the Karabakh Economic Region with a seat in Agdam, H.E. Aydin Karimov, the other Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Shusha district, Mr. Fariz Ismailzade, Vice Rector of the ADA University Responsible for External, Government and Student Affairs; as well as H.E. Hasan Hasanov, Member of the Council of Elders of the Organization of Turkic States from the Republic of Azerbaijan and former Prime Minister and Ambassador to Budapest, Mr. Yusif Abdullayev, President of the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Agency/AZPROMO; Ambassador Farid Shafiyev, Chairman of the Center of Analysis of International Relations; Ambassador Mehmet Sureyya Er, the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic States and Mrs. Gunay Afandiyeva, President of the Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation.
János Hóvári conducted a fruitful discussion with H.E. Tamás Torma, the new Ambassador of Hungary to Baku, and Ambassador Peter Michalko, the Head of the EU Representation to Baku.
During the meetings, the sides exchanged their views on matters of mutual interest, among others on how the Representation Office could assist Hungary’s participation in the regions of Azerbaijan to be reconstructed. In Agdam and Shusha, János Hóvári was acquainted with the war damage and the process of reconstruction. The Representation Office will offer its assistance so that the support of Hungary should be in harmony with the plans for development of Azerbaijan, as well as the international cooperation in the region.
On the margins of the visit, the Executive Director participated in an event dedicated to the renowned Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti, organized by the Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation. The Foundation had the most famous poems of the Hungarian poet published in Azerbaijani language with the title “The Breath of the Flowers” (Çiçǝklǝrin nǝfǝsi) in the translation of Davud Nǝsib. The poems were recited by talented young actors from Baku. The event also featured a musical performance and was attended by the members of the diplomatic corps, press and academia.