Historically, Hungary and India enjoyed close and friendly relations when the diplomatic relations were set in 1948. India's role in the 1956 Uprising in the country can not be forgotten; for saving the life by India's intervention with the then Soviet Union of Dr. Arpad Goncz who subsequently served as President of Hungary from 1990 to 2000. There have been regular visits at high level between the two sides. The period 2019-2020 was a particularly noteworthy year for bilateral interaction between the two countries as there were three ministerial visits within a period of six months; first, the visit of External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar to Hungary in August 2019; second, the visit of India's Jal Shakti Minister Mr. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to Hungary in October 2019 for attending the Budapest Water Summit; and three, the visit of Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr. Peter Szijjarto to India in January 2020. Mr. Vikas Swarup, Secretary(West) in the Ministry of External Affairs of India visited Hungary in January 2021 for the 10th round of Foreign Office Consultations.
The Hungarian exports have hitherto been confined to high technology, industrial products, automobiles, telecom and IT, but Mr. Orban's government is keen for developing exports in agricultural and food products and services, too. Indian companies have invested $2 billion in Hungary, but there is scope for more. There are various areas of cooperation, including collaboration on research and development, automotive components, healthcare, machine tools, agriculture machinery, non-conventional energy and electrical equipment, electronics, information technology, pharmaceuticals higher education, entertainment, etc. Indian investment in Hungary is almost US$2 billion and Indian firms provide employment to over 10,000 people in the country.
ICCR has been deputing a Visiting Professor of Hindi to the Department under the bilateral Cultural Exchange Program between India and Hungary, since 1992. Hungarians have shown considerable interest in Indian dances, music, yoga and meditations. There are more than 200 yoga centres and about 6 schools of Indian dances and music in Hungary. Indian cultural troupes visit Hungary from time to time. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a speech, said that relations between the two countries have remained on a "steady course" over the years and both the countries would be each other's bridge to Europe and Asia. An interview-based video series created by the Embassy of India to bring out salient aspects of India Hungary bilateral relations was launched by Speaker of Hungarian National Assembly Mr. László Kövér and Ambassador of India on 18 November, 2020, the day of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Hungary.
Resident diplomatic missions
- of Hungary in India
- Embassy (1): New Delhi
- Consulate Honorary (2): Chennai, Kolkata
- Consulate General (3): Mumbai, established and led by Consul General Dr. Norbert Révai-Bere since 2014
- of India in Hungary
- Embassy (1): Budapest
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