Relations between Hungary and Uzbekistan have "solid foundations" and cooperation between the two countries has "gained good momentum", Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Tashkent on Tuesday. Orban said he arrived in the Uzbek capital with "great hopes and optimism". He spoke highly of Uzbekistan's efforts to "use available resources in a modern economy" and called it a "respectable programme". The prime minister thanked Uzbekistan for its sending hundreds of thousands of face masks to Hungary at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic last year. "The Hungarians will never forget that," he said.