Estonian, Hungarian presidents talk about Finno-Ugric world congress

  • 2021-05-28
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid had a video conversation with the president of Hungary, Janos Ader, on Friday to talk about the World Congress of Finno-Ugric  Peoples to be held in Tartu, Estonia, this summer, the coronavirus situation in the two countries and progress on the Three Seas Initiative. 

The Estonian head of state informed her Hungarian colleague that no meeting of presidents will take place in the framework of the Finno-Ugric world congress this time and that instead, video addresses are expected from the heads of state of Hungary, Finland and Russia.

"Unfortunately, the coronavirus has set its limits on the size of the World Congress, but it is nevertheless a pleasure to welcome Hungarian delegates in Tartu in the summer, albeit in reduced numbers. This is an important place for Finno-Ugric peoples to come together," Kaljulaid said according to spokespeople.

The two presidents also talked about the situation regarding coronavirus in both countries, which has been showing signs of stabilization at the beginning of the summer, as well as the Three Seas Initiative. In the summer, under the leadership of Bulgaria, a meeting will take place in Sofia to promote cooperation in the fields of energy, transport and digital infrastructure.