Erdoğan visits Hungary in bid to 'deepen strategic partnership'

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has embarked on a visit to Budapest at the invitation of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in his second trip to the country within four months, aimed at deepening ties.

Erdoğan was received with military honors in Budapest's historic Heroes' Square before heading into a meeting with Hungarian President Katalin Novak. He then held bilateral talks with the Hungarian prime minister.

The talks aim to fortify the strategic partnership between the two nations and elevate it to an "expanded strategic partnership," according to Ankara.

The visit coincides with the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The focal point of the discussions is the high-level strategic cooperation council meeting, a tradition maintained since 2013, with an emphasis on enhancing collaboration in the realms of economy, trade, defense industry, culture and energy, as stated by Erdoğan's office.

The Turkish leader was accompanied by foreign, defense, interior, trade, energy and natural resources, industry and technology, family and social services, and culture and tourism ministers.

Within the scope of the visit, both countries are expected to sign 16 documents spanning a wide array of fields. These agreements are anticipated to further cement ties and pave the way for increased collaboration in various sectors.

Hungary, with observer membership in the Organization of Turkic States, has been pursuing a policy of opening up to the east, not only towards Russia but also towards China and central Asian countries. Recent interactions between the foreign ministers of both countries have reinforced this eastward shift.

The visit's agenda also includes discussions on energy security...

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