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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó arrived in Dhaka early Thursday on an official visit to Bangladesh..

On his arrival, the Hungarian Minister will visit the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi to pay tribute to the memories of Bangabandhu and his family members who were brutally killed in 1975.

The minister will meet Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and discuss trade between the two countries. Both the sides will explore opportunities for trade and commerce between Hungary and Bangladesh.

According to official sources, the current bilateral trade between the two countries is US $16 million and the trade is steadily growing. Bangladesh exports to Hungary are ready-made garments, agricultural products, jute goods and finished/crust leather.

Bangladesh explored possibility of exporting ceramics, handicrafts etc. by including them in the agreement. Imports from Hungary to Bangladesh include pharmaceuticals, hospital equipment, railway spares.

During his daylong visit, the Hungarian Foreign Minister will hold bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen. Foreign Minister Momen may host a lunch in honour of the visiting Hungarian minister.

Two Foreign Ministers may meet the local press while BTV will anchor a 20-minutes interview with the Hungarian Foreign Minister.

More than two instruments are likely to be signed during the visit of the Hungarian Foreign Minister. Szijjártó is scheduled to depart Dhaka in the evening.

Earlier, the two countries signed a number of agreements, including Trade Agreement (1972), Technical and Scientific Cooperation Agreement (1973), Economic Cooperation Agreement (1975) and Cultural and Scientific Cooperation Agreement (1982).

However, officials said these agreements have now been inoperative and need to be reactivated.  Moreover, signing of an Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of investments between Bangladesh and Hungary is lying with the Hungarian side.

Diplomatic sources said Bangladesh maintains friendly relations with Hungary since independence.


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