Indonesian Ambassador Accompanied the Hungarian Speaker of Parliament Visiting Indonesia

24 Februar, 2011

H.E. Mr. Laszlo Kover, Hungarian Parliamentary Speaker, and his delegation held an official visit to Indonesia on 3-8 February 2011.

This visit was a reciprocal visit of the Indonesian Parliamentary delegation visit to Hungary on October 2010, led by Mr. Pramono Anung. To accompany the Speaker is the Indonesian Ambassador for Hungary, H.E. Maruli Tua Sagala, and the Hungarian Ambassador for Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Szilvester Bus.

During his visit, The Hungarian Speaker held a meeting with the Indonesian Parliamentary Deputy Speaker, Mr. Annis Mata in the Indonesia’s Capital City Jakarta. He then held a courtesy call with the Indonesian President of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Both representatives of the two nations exchanged views on many issues, with an emphasis on how to strengthen bilateral relation between the two countries, and agreed to strengthen bilateral relation between the two countries. The President hopes that this visit marks the improvement of bilateral relations of cooperation.

Accompanying the President during the meeting, include three Indonesian Ministries Djoko Suyanto, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa, and Coordinating Minister for People′s Welfare Agung Laksono, State Secretary Sudi Silalahi, Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam, and Vice Foreign Minister Triyono Wibowo. While the Hungarian delegation consisted of Members of the Hungarian Parliament, namely Istvan Simicsko, Katalin Erstey, and Hungarian Ambassador to Indonesia Szilvester Bus.

Dr. Kover also took the opportunity to convey an invitation from the Hungarian President H.E. DR. Pal Schmitt to President Yudhoyono to visit Hungary. Dr. Kover also held a meeting with the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, H.E. Mr. Hatta Raja, to discuss ways to increase the economic and trade relationship between Indonesia and Hungary. During his stay in Jakarta, Dr. Kover visited the Istiqlal Mosque, the biggest Mosque in South East Asia, and Katedral Church.

Before the meeting with President Yudhoyono, the Hungarian parliamentary delegation was first scheduled to visit Yogyakarta. At a meeting with Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Dr. Kover expressed Hungary’s interest in exploring cooperation with the Yogyakarta in the field of culture, education, commerce, and tourism. In his respond, the Sultan stated that if Hungary is interested in developing cooperation with Yogyakarta in the said fields, both may use the "sister city" scheme between a region in Hungary and Yogyakarta.

Dr. Kover later met with Yogyakarta Deputy Governor Paku Alam IX and Sleman Regent Leader H. Sri Purnomo, to hand over aid worth of 2.5 million forint from the Hungarian Baptist Aid Committee for the victims of Mount Merapi eruption. The aid included rice, noodle, frying oil, canned meat and fish, in addition to school equipment. The Hungarian parliamentary delegation also visited the Borobudur Buddhist temple, the living quarters of evacuees, and visited the emergency school where the Hungarian delegation donated school equipments.



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