South Korea and Hungary ministers discuss bilateral ties, strategic partnership

Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong (left) and his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto sign a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in training diplomats when they meet in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday, in this photo published by the Seoul Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Yonhap)

Senior diplomats from South Korea and Hungary held talks in Hungary to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in various fields, with their relationship elevated to a strategic partnership, the Seoul Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong met his Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjarto, on Wednesday in Budapest (local time), accompanying President Moon Jae-in on his state visit to the European country.

At their summit, Moon and Hungarian President Janos Ader decided to elevate bilateral relations to a strategic partnership consistent with dynamic trade and agreed to strengthen economic, technological and cultural ties.

Chung and Szijjarto praised the high relationship and discussed follow-up measures to deepen comprehensive cooperation in a wide range of areas, the ministry said.

The two sides also agreed to expand student exchanges and signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in training diplomats as a step towards warming relations, he noted.

Trade between South Korea and Hungary was $ 3.6 billion in 2020, up from $ 2.97 billion a year ago, according to Korean government data. (Yonhap)

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