Pakistan’s Air Chief meets Hungarian Commander
Islamabad, 4 August 2022 (GNP): Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, Chief of the Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force, received Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, the Commander of Defence Forces of Hungary.
During the meeting, the officials discussed the relations between the two countries and the possibilities of enhancing relations between the Air Forces of the two nations.
Lieutenant General Romulusz appreciated the sound professionalism of PAF personnel. He further acknowledged the achievements made by PAF over the years, especially through the indigenization of technology.
Pakistan Air Force has made many advancements in aircraft technology over the years. Furthermore, Pakistan Air Force is known for its professionalism and high level of capabilities.
Moreover, Air Chief Zaheer Baber emphasized the friendly relations between the two nations and reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening the PAF and Hungarian Air Force’s current bilateral collaboration.
In addition, they discussed matters of professional interest and regional security.
Pakistan and Hungary enjoy cordial relations. They established official diplomatic ties in 1965. Hungary maintains an embassy in Islamabad and a Consulate-General in Karachi. While Pakistan is represented in Hungary through its embassy in Budapest.
These bilateral ties cover trade and investment, culture, education, development cooperation, energy, and defence cooperation. Previously, the Hungarian government provided generous disaster relief and general assistance during the 2005 Earthquake and 2011 floods.
In 2014, The Hungarian Chief of Defence Staff, General Andres Havril paid a visit to Pakistan and met Minister of Defence Rao Sikandar Iqbal. They discussed closer defense cooperation between the two countries.
Furthermore, Pakistan and Hungary also cooperate under the umbrella of Pakistan-European Union ties. As a member of the EU, Hungary supports the GSP+ scheme under which Pakistani exports to the EU do not face tariffs.
Pakistan’s relations with the EU as a whole and Hungary, in particular, enjoy good economic and people-to-people interaction.