Iran, Hungary opt for broadening of scientific ties

Belgrade, Aug 5, IRNA – Iranian Ambassador to Budapest conferred with Head of Hungary’s Research, Development and Innovation Center on broadening of scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries as well as implementation of joint projects.

During the meeting in Budapest on Friday, Mohammad Reza Morshedzadeh and Joseph Palinkash voiced their satisfaction over the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries’ officials, and underlined the need for expediting the implementation of agreements reached between Tehran and Budapest.

Iranian and Hungarian officials in a meeting in early December agreed to set up a joint cooperation commission to broaden their economic and trade relations.

The agreement was signed between Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi and Hungarian Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták in Tehran.

'We agreed to set up a commission to expand mutual cooperation between the two countries and which will have biannual meetings,' Vaezi told reporters after the meeting.

The Iranian communications and information technology minister also noted that during the meeting the two sides signed eight cooperation pacts in different areas, including communication and information technology, and said, 'We showed that we are interested in expansion of bilateral ties by both countries' governmental and private sectors.'

Vaezi said that half of Hungary's cabinet members and representatives of 60 private companies are accompanying the Hungarian prime minister in his ongoing visit to Iran.

In relevant remarks in September, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Iran and Hungary enjoyed the needed potential and possibilities for developing their ties, and stressed the need for both sides to take the present opportunity.

'There is a need for bringing about positive and more constructive changes in the Tehran-Budapest relations,' President Rouhani said in a meeting with new Hungarian Ambassador to Tehran Janos Kuac at the time.

The Iranian president, meantime, pointed to the refugees' plight in the West, and said, 'At a time when people of the regional countries are in trouble and suffering, it is the humanitarian obligation of the European governments to host them.'

Kuac, for his part, underlined that his government is making all-out efforts to boost the level of mutual cooperation with Iran in political, economic, cultural, agricultural and educational fields.

He described Iran as a center of stability and security in the region, and said, 'Iran's nuclear agreement with the West is a proper model for the world governments to settle international disputes through peaceful means.'