Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be visiting Hungary on 7 November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement to Hungarian news agency MTI on Thursday.

According to the statement, within the framework of the meeting of foreign ministers from the countries of the Turkic Council, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó held bilateral talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Budapest. The ministers agreed that the next session of the Hungary-Turkey high-level strategic council will be held on 7 November, for which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will also be visiting Hungary.

In the interests of the continuous development of bilateral relations, Turkey will be appointing five new honorary consuls in Hungary, in addition to which an agreement was also reached on the fact that Turkey will be supporting Hungary’s bid for membership of the Executive Board of UNESCO, the statement reads.

According to the foreign ministers, it is a major success that 400 Turkish students applied for the 150 available Hungarian scholarship places this year. Mr. Szijjártó welcomed the fact that the contract on the construction of the Bulgarian stretch of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline has been signed in Sofia, since this means there is now a realistic chance of natural gas arriving in Central Europe via Turkey by 2021, the Ministry wrote in the statement.