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Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh review the guard of honour during the welcoming ceremony for the latter in Budapest on January 18. (Photo: VGP)

After the welcoming ceremony, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh laid flowers at Heroes’ Square in Budapest where many important political events in Hungary take place.

The two PMs then held talks on measures to strengthen cooperation between Vietnam and Hungary.

Chinh’s visit takes place at a time when relations between Vietnam and Hungary have developed positively over the past more than seven decades.

During the Hungary visit in 2018 by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, the two countries upgraded their ties to a comprehensive partnership, making Hungary the first comprehensive partner of Vietnam in Central Eastern Europe.

Two-way trade between Vietnam and Hungary has grown rapidly, hitting more than US$1 billion in 2020, making Vietnam one of Hungary’s largest trading partners in Southeast Asia.

Hungary is the largest provider of official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam in Central Eastern Europe.

Chinh’s visit is expected to help further deepen the Vietnam-Hungary Comprehensive Partnership, especially in economy, education-training, and pharmaceutical technology.

Hungary is scheduled to take on the rotating Presidency of the European Union for the last six months of 2024. Therefore, Chinh’s visit is also an opportunity for Vietnam to strengthen relations with the EU on regional and global issues, including promoting the ratification of the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).

During the visit, the two sides are expected to sign a number of cooperation documents in the fields of security, diplomacy, culture and health care.

Hungarian official: Vietnamese PM’s upcoming Hungary visit holds significance

Deputy Minister and Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of European Union Affairs of Hungary Zsigmond Barna Pál has highlighted the historicical significance of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s upcoming visit to Hungary, saying that it is the first delegation exchange at the prime ministerial level between the two countries for the past 7 years.

In an interview granted to the press during his working trip to Vietnam from January 14-16, Barna Pál said Hungary wishes to advance cooperation with Vietnam across various areas, ranging from politics, culture to economy.

Educational ties, founded decades ago, are flourishing, with the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme playing a pivotal role, through which Hungary provides 200 scholarships annually for Vietnamese students.

Expressing delight at the overwhelming response to the programme from Vietnamese students with over 400 scholarship applications submitted each year, more than doubling the allocated quota, he welcomed Vietnamese ambitious students, envisioning them as a bridge between the two nations, contributing to further strengthening their close-knit ties.

Furthermore, Hungary successfully rolled out two credit support projects for a water treatment plant in the central province of Quang Binh and a population registration system in the northern port city of Hai Phong, he said, noting that so far, local people continue to benefit from those projects.

Under a cooperation framework between the Office of the Prosecutor General of Hungary and the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice, Hungary also offers a 10-month postgraduate training programme at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, specifically designed for Vietnamese judicial experts.

He said during the Vietnam visits by the Minister of Justice, the Chief Prosecutor and the First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary, both countries committed to maintaining regular exchanges of delegations and continued favourable conditions for positive dialogues in this field in the future.

Hungary looks forward to more high-level visits as the two countries celebrate the 75th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2025, he said.

Asked about the role of the Vietnamese community in Hungary with about 10,000 people, Barna Pál said they mostly reside and work in Budapest, turning Hungary's capital into a vibrant and culturally diverse place. Many of them work in the fields of commerce and food service. The Vietnamese are highly admired for their proficiency in the Hungarian language, with some gaining fame in Hungary's music industry.

He revealed that they also manage a number of well-known family restaurants in the city, which not only serve as the gathering places of the Vietnamese community but also gain popularity among locals.

Looking ahead, Barna Pál thought bilateral ties could be further developed based on existing cooperation and comprehensive partnership between the two countries.

He noted the obvious potential for collaboration in education, parliamentary affairs, finance, and justice, adding that opportunities in research, science, and academia can be maximised through expert exchange programmes or joint training courses.

Economic and trade relations have good prospects to deepen, especially concerning Hungary's agricultural products, he added.

As discussions on cooperation in culture and sports are underway, he welcomed Vietnam's interest in strengthening joint work across diverse fields.

Source: VOV/VNA