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Apr 11, 2018

Angela Merkel has led global leaders in congratulating PM Orbán on Sunday's victory

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy congratualte the prime minister on his third consecutive win

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has led global leaders in congratulating Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on his victory in Sunday’s general election.

Merkel extended her “heartfelt congratulations” to the prime minister and said Hungary could continue to count on Germany as a “reliable partner”.

“Hungary and Germany are bound together by a long and fruitful shared history and partnership,” Merkel wrote in a telegram. “You can continue to rely on Germany as a reliable partner in our work on European and bilateral affairs,” she added.

Merkel ended her note by wishing PM Orbán good luck, strength and success for his next term.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has also sent his congratulations to the prime minister in a letter sent to his office on Monday.

He highlighted the recent victory of Hungary’s ruling parties and the “significant legitimation” they gained through the parliamentary election. He said “many years of friendship and confidence” were the basis for bilateral cooperation.

The Hungarian prime minister’s office quoted the letter as saying that Hungarian society support the government’s policies and values represented by PM Orbán, also shared by Morawiecki.

Morawiecki also expressed hope that relations between his country and Hungary will further strengthen and working in cooperation within the Visegrad Group, the two countries will be in a position to shape the future of both the region and the whole of Europe.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has also congratulated PM Orbán.

In a letter sent on Tuesday, Rajoy said he was convinced that relations between Hungary and Spain will further expand in the years ahead, advancing the welfare of citizens in both countries.

He urged stronger strategic cooperation with PM Orbán in the European Union, stating that both of them being members of the European People’s Party will offer a framework for this.