The Hungarian Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Istv?n Darvasi has said that Pakistan is an important country and he will try to promote political, diplomatic, commercial and cultural ties between the two countries, during his stay in Pakistan.
Mr. Istv?n Darvasi in his first formal interview, since arrival here as an ambassador in March this year, said he would make special efforts to bring closer the chambers of commerce of the two countries for increasing trade.
?I will like to have more contacts between the chambers of commerce and businessmen of the two countries to deepen economic ties,? he added.
He said Hungary had historical linkages with Pakistan and it was important to use those links for promoting cultural relations, he would take interest in increasing people-to-people contacts.
The Hungerian ambassador said that presently two big Hungarian companies Nokia, & MOL, an oil exploration company are doing business in Pakistan. He said MOL was developing a big gas facility in NWFP, which would meet gas needs of the entire province.
Darvasi said the two countries had no contentious issues between them and they had been cooperating at various international forums. He said political relations were good and Hungarian prime minister and speakers had standing invitations to visit Pakistan.
He said Hungary was part of the EU and would play its role in improving relations between the Pakistan and the EU, and support Pakistan in getting trade facilitation in the summit meeting of EU and Pakistan in June.
?We are also part of the NATO and continue our role in Pak-NATO relations. We believe Pakistan can help NATO in Afghanistan and NATO can help Pakistan in training of its armed forces,? he said.
Sharing his impression about Pakistan, he said it was a huge country with a lot of potential. He said it was an important country. He also warned that the present law and order situation should be improved, otherwise all efforts by the government and people of Pakistan aimed at development would go waste.
He also loves Islamabad and its green environment. ?It is beautiful city. It was a pleasant surprise to be here, as Pakistan has a lot of bad reputation,? he said.
Born in Budapest, Hungary on April 1, 1949, he is married and blessed with a son. He earned his degree from the Budapest University. He is a career diplomat with 30 years of service.
He has worked in Vienna, Harare, Beijing, and Hong Kong in various capacities before being appointed as the ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in March 2009
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