PM Modi spoke with his counterparts from Hungary and Netherlands, Viktor Orban and Mark Rutte and discussed the ongoing situation in Ukraine.
New Delhi: Giving the much-needed relief to Indian medical students evacuated from war-hit Ukraine, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has assured his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that the Indian medical students could "choose to continue their studies in Hungary if they wished".
Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday (March 9) spoke on the phone to his counterparts from Hungary and Netherlands, Viktor Orban and Mark Rutte, respectively.
In the meeting with the Hungarian counterpart, PM Modi discussed the ongoing situation in Ukraine, and both the leaders "agreed on the need to ensure an immediate ceasefire and a return to diplomacy and dialogue".
PM Modi conveyed his warm thanks to Orban and the Hungarian government for facilitating the evacuation of over 6,000 Indian
citizens through the Ukraine – Hungary border.
Prime Minister Orban also conveyed his best wishes to the Indian medical students evacuated from Ukraine and said they could
"choose to continue their studies in Hungary if they wished". PM Modi expressed his appreciation for this generous offer.
Both the leaders agreed to remain in touch on the evolving situation and to continue their efforts to encourage an end to the conflict, an
MEA release said.
PM Modi also spoke to Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands. The two leaders discussed the ongoing situation in Ukraine and shared their concerns over the continuing humanitarian situation in Ukraine.
"Prime Minister Modi reiterated India's consistent appeal for cessation of hostilities and a return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy. The Prime Minister welcomed the ongoing talks between Russia and Ukraine, and hoped for an early resolution," the MEA statement said.
PM Modi informed Prime Minister Rutte about the progress in evacuating Indian citizens from conflict areas and India's assistance in the form of urgent relief supplies, including medicines for the affected populations.
The Prime Minister recalled his Virtual Summit with Minister Rutte in April 2021 and expressed his desire to receive him in India at an early date.