Manama, Feb. 16 (BNA): His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received the President of Hungary, Katalin Novak, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister. Gudaibiya Palace today.
Upon the arrival of the Hungarian President to Gudaibiya Palace, who is on a visit to the Kingdom, an official reception was held in her honor. The national anthem of the two countries was played, and the artillery fired a 21-gun salute to the visiting president.
His Majesty King Hamad and President Katalin Novak held a joint meeting during which they reviewed the close cooperation and friendship relations between the two countries, as well as ways to expand bilateral cooperation for the benefit of the two peoples. They also discussed the latest regional and global developments of common interest.
The Hungarian president expressed his thanks and appreciation to His Majesty the King for the warm reception and hospitality she received.
Then, His Majesty the King and the Hungarian President held an expanded session of talks, which was attended by His Highness the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, in addition to the delegations of the two countries.
His Majesty the King delivered a speech in which he expressed his deep pride in the strong and distinguished Bahraini-Hungarian relations, stressing the Kingdom’s keenness to strengthen these relations in various fields to serve common interests.
His Majesty the King said: “On this occasion, we would like to refer to our official visit to your friendly country about three years ago. We had the opportunity to learn about Hungary’s heritage and the civilizational achievements of its people throughout its ancient history, which we admired greatly, and we were also briefed on the renaissance that your country is witnessing, coupled with With scientific modernization and knowledge primacy, and fortifying it with the values of peaceful and civilized coexistence, all of which are areas we care about and are keen on in order to be reflected in the paths of our joint cooperation.
His Majesty King Hamad also expressed his satisfaction with the positive results of the joint economic committee meeting, indicating that the results will benefit the two friendly countries.
His Majesty the King affirmed that the continuous efforts made by the joint committee to enhance political cooperation and coordinate stances towards various regional and international challenges will enrich joint work between the two countries, expressing the two countries’ joint keenness to strengthen them. “Brotherhood and friendship” relations.
His Majesty the King added, “Out of our pride in the hopes and aspirations of our friendly countries that promote human rapprochement, we are pleased to award you the Order of Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of the first degree, to express our country’s great appreciation, respect and love for friendly Hungary.”
Then, His Majesty the King granted the Order of Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of the first degree to His Excellency Hungary, in appreciation of its efforts in supporting areas of joint cooperation between the two countries.
Her Excellency President Katalin Novak also awarded His Majesty King Hamad the Hungarian Order of Merit, the Order of the Grand Cross with a Chain, which is the highest award that can be bestowed on foreign heads of state.
After that, the Hungarian President delivered a speech in which she expressed her thanks to His Majesty the King for the kind invitation extended by His Majesty the King to her to visit the Kingdom, as well as for the warm welcome extended to her.
She said, “I am personally proud of this opportunity to visit your beautiful country, Bahrain. I am also proud of being the first President of Hungary to visit the Kingdom of Bahrain for the first time, so we can consider this visit a historic visit in our bilateral relations.”
I also hope that this will be reflected in the next steps that we take together towards strengthening our economic, cultural and tourism relations, which will contribute to achieving greater cooperation between our two countries. Thank you, Your Majesty, for your personal concern. And the keenness of your government, as I assure you that Hungary is fully prepared to be an effective partner for the Kingdom of Bahrain.
“Our cultures may differ slightly, but we are very similar in their depth. We are very proud of our traditions, our families, and our culture. Our culture, families, or national identity cannot be neglected, and I believe this brings us closer. As a mother of three, I can stress the importance of the parenting role In all our lives, it cannot be compared to anything else.”
She also stressed the importance of preserving family relations as the foundation in her country.
She noted, “With regard to developing joint economic relations between our two countries, I am pleased to sign two memorandums of understanding between two companies in our countries, so that our economic relations can be strengthened in the future.” .
His Excellency President Katalin Novak added, “I am grateful for His Majesty’s support for us. I would also like to express our deepest regret and condolences for the losses caused by the war in Ukraine. I would like to point out to His Majesty that more than 150,000 Hungarian citizens live in Ukraine and they are under constant threat and are being affected badly.” The war in Ukraine. From this perspective, we can work together to stop this war in order to reach peaceful talks. In this particular region, you know the importance of your Majesty in particular appreciates the importance of peace, and we look forward to your confirmation in that region so that we can maintain On the safety of our people in Hungary and Europe because of the impact of the war on us and what could cause an escalation of the war in Ukraine.
His Majesty King Hamad held a luncheon in honor of the President of Hungary and her accompanying delegation.
A convoy of honor was formed, led by Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, to accompany the Hungarian president.