India, Hungary hold discussions on bilateral ties

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New Delhi, July 15, 2013

India and Hungary today held discussions on various issues of bilateral, regional and international concern and agred to closely coordinate their positions on all regional and international issues.
At discussions between visiting External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and his Hungarian counterpart Janos Martonyi in Budapest, the two sides also discussed details of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to India in October this year.
In a statement to the media, Mr Khurshid said the visit would set a new milestone in the bilateral ties between the two countries.
"Several new agreements are likely to be signed further strengthening our bilateral cooperation. Warm welcome awaits Prime Minister Orban in India. I will have the pleasure of calling on him tomorrow to further discuss the details of this visit," he said.
Mr Khurshid said the bilateral economic and commercial engagement was gradually increasing, with Indian investments in Hungary reaching a record level of $ 1.5 billion.
"Our people-to-people contacts are deep-rooted going back to several centuries," he said.
Later today, Mr Khurshid was due to inaugurate an exhibition celebrating the birth centenary of painter Amrita Shergill, who is an important link between the two nations.
"Keeping these historic bonds in mind, we opened an Indian Cultural Centre in Budapest two years ago, which I believe is extremely popular.
"I am confident that my visit and discussion with Dr. Janos Martonyi this morning would contribute to further deepening of our bilateral ties," he added.

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