To illustrate that Ali Ahnani's visit to Hungary was more than a courtesy call or simply an Iranian initiative that was reluctantly accepted by Hungary, here is a piece of news that on the surface might sound trivial but surely it is not.
Magyar Post and Iran Post have released a joint stamp. The Hungarian issue uses the same designs as the Iranian stamps and is due to be released on December 31, 2010. On the 80 ft Hungarian stamp there are Termeh motifs from Yazd and on the 240 ft stamp Jazygian (jász) embroidery motifs are shown. The background printing of both stamps has the colors of the national flag of the respective country, and the inscriptions are in both Hungarian and Persian. The first day cover for the set is adorned by Jazygian embroidery (tulips and rosemary with eagle talons). The commemorative postmark employs a graphic combination of the Hungarian and Iranian motifs of the stamps.
The Jazygians (jászok), a people of Alan origin, arrrived in Hungary accompanying the Cumans (kunok), fleeing from the advancing Mongols in the thirteenth century. The Jazygians spoke an Indo-European language and were related to today's Iranians.
Issuing a new stamp, especially simultaneously in two countries, is a fairly lengthy affair. Diplomatic negotiations first have to settle whether it is a good idea politically to undertake such an endevour. Then comes the design involving two countries. All in all, this stamp business has been in the works for months.
I still think that it might not have been such a good idea to advertise this close friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Quiet diplomacy is obviously not a strong point of János Martonyi and Viktor Orbán.