Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán flew to Tehran Monday morning to met with various Iranian leaders as part of an official delegation of government officials and businessmen. Orbán proclaimed the visit “the start of new era between the two countries”.
After meeting with the first vice-president of Iran, Esak Jahangiri, ministers from the two countries signed a bilateral agreement intended to encourage investment and avoid double taxation. Jahangiri reportedly pointed out that there had been a significant drop-off in trade between the two countries over the past few years, but that he was confident the visit would strengthen their economic cooperation.
Monday afternoon Orbán met with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and then with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has served as the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1989. Finally, he met with Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the president of Iran’s so-called Expediency Discernment Council which advises the Supreme Leader and supervises all branches of the government.
According to the Monday edition of the Hungarian Gazette, Orbán authorized Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó to finalize the terms of an economic cooperation agreement between the two countries.
The official visit to Tehran took place only one day after a summit between EU and Turkish leaders, in which Hungary repeated its objection to accepting asylum seekers from the Middle East.