The Institute of Strategic Islamabad (ISSI) organised a Public Talk on “Pakistan–Hungary Relations” under its Ambassador’s Platform series on July 25, 2016. The distinguished speakers at the occasion were, H.E. Mr. Istvan Szabo Ambassador of Hungary to Pakistan; Mr. Afzaal Akhtar, Head of Business Support,MOL, a Hungarian Oil & Gas Company and Mr. Ali Murtaza Abbas, Group Regional Advisor Middle East and Africa, MOL.
Ambassador Istvan Szabo affirmed that the Pakistan-Hungary relationship has many aspects. Providing a brief history of the relationship between the two countries,he said that these ties have been laid on a firm, emotional, intellectual and practical foundation of the mutual contacts that have evolved since the independence of Pakistan. The Ambassador stated that ever since official ties were established in 1965, both countries have succeeded in building a growing and enduring relationship that thrives on the basis of trust, confidence and mutual respect. Hungary looks upon Pakistan as an essential power to safeguard peace and security in a highly important, but inherently volatile part of the world. He went on to say that the Hungarian Government appreciates and supports the efforts of the Government of Pakistan to strengthen regional peace and security and to suppress terrorist activities which further bolster the issues of illegal, unchecked and non-regularised mass migration.