Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States H.E. Ambassador Kubanychbek Omuraliev had a working breakfast with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary H.E. Péter Szijjártó on 13 January 2023 in Budapest.
Foreign Minister Szijjártó congratulated the Secretary General Omuraliyev on his appointment as the new the Secretary General of the OTS and extended his wishes of success in his term. Foreign Minister touched upon the challenging developments taking place in the surrounding regions and underlined the role of the OTS as an international organization striving to cultivate amicable relations and produce tangible political and economic results not only to the benefit of its members but also to the broader region which contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in our entire region and beyond.
Foreign Minister paid a special emphasis on the role of the OTS and its members in providing stable, efficient and sustainable connectivity between East and West in terms of trade, transport and energy under current conditions and reiterated Hungary’s strong support to every OTS initiative that would make positive contribution to this end.
Secretary General highlighted the contentment of the Turkic States for the committed convergence of bilateral and multilateral ties and enhancing cooperation with Hungary following its obtention of Observer status at the OTS in 2018. He underscored that Hungary has become a valuable partner for the brotherly Turkic States, was deeply incorporated in the ongoing cooperation structure of the Organization in a very short span of time and elevated its cooperation with all of OTS members to a strategic level.
He further touched upon the positive role that the Representation Office of the OTS in Budapest has been playing in boosting lucrative cooperation between the OTS countries and Hungary, as well as the European Institutions. Secretary General thanked the Minister for the Drought Prevention Institute initiative, which is a pressing topic for all OTS countries, and noted that OTS will take requisite steps for the operationalization of the Institute within the framework of the OTS Budapest Office.
Parties held extensive discussions on all matters of cooperation within the agenda of the Organization ranging from political topics to economy, transport, energy, to cultural, educational and youth and sports cooperation. Foreign Minister Szijjártó reiterated Hungary’s commitment to enhancing comprehensive cooperation with the OTS and its members in every possible mutually-beneficial field.