Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi arrived in Iran early Monday, April 9, for a four-day visit aimed at shoring up bilateral relations, the official IRNA news agency reported.
In a brief comment upon his arrival, Martonyi said his country hoped to "improve the level of economic relations with Iran". He added that the business delegation accompanying him showed Hungary's desire to increase bilateral cooperation.
While here, Martonyi is due to hold talks with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karubi, his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazi.
He is also expected to hold talks with Energy Minister Habibollah Bitaraf as well as with Interior Minister Abdol-Vahed Mussavi-Lari on the thorny question of illegal Iranian immigrants flooding into European nations including Hungary.
The two nations have not held foreign ministerial meetings since 1993. Trade between the two was around $40 million in 2000, well below figures before Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution. — (AFP, Tehran)
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