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New Scottish links with Hungary
Istvan Tarlos and Colin O'Brien
Istvan Tarlos and Colin O'Brien signed the agreement in Stirling
A historic Scottish city has boosted Scots relations with Hungary after sealing a new link.

A twinning agreement has been signed between Stirling and Obuda, an area of the country's capital, Budapest.

It is hoped the move will lead to an increase in cultural exchanges between the two areas.

Both Stirling and Obuda, which is an administrative district, have launched strategies to regenerate the areas, including improving education.

'Youth exchanges'

Stirling Provost Colin O'Brien explained that the agreement came about to welcome new communities into the enlarged European Union.

"A growing number of people from Obuda live, work and study in the Stirling area and we look forward to cementing a firm friendship," he said.

Istvan Tarlos, the mayor of Obuda, added that Scotland was very popular in Hungary.

"We have big hopes for this twinning link in terms of cultural links and youth exchanges, especially for students," he said.


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