Szijjártó Praises Turkic Council Cooperation

Cooperation among the members of the Turkic Council is based on mutual respect rather than countries lecturing each other, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Istanbul.

This approach is becoming increasingly rare in global politics, even though it could be helpful in managing major challenges, the minister said after a summit of Turkic Council members. “Global politics is riddled with conflicts and attacks at a time when the coronavirus pandemic could have brought about a return of the culture of mutual respect in international political relations, but that didn’t happen,” Szijjártó said. He said the Turkic Council was an excellent example of how geographically distant countries can interact with each other when their cooperation is based on mutual respect. Szijjártó noted that the Turkic countries had sent medical equipment, face masks, raw materials and disinfectants to Hungary during the first wave of the pandemic. “And when we were the ones who were in a position to help, we supported the countries of the Turkic Council by repatriating their citizens and sending them ventilators,” he said. He also noted that Hungary had signed agreements with Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan on the mutual recognition of Covid vaccination certificates.


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