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Jul 02, 2019

FM: Anti-Hungarian sentiments in Romania could affect Hungary’s position toward the country

Péter Szijjártó said that maintaining relations based on mutual respect is important because of the ethnic Hungarians living in minority in Romania.

The Foreign Minister has highlighted that increasing anti-Hungarian sentiments in Romania could also affect Hungary’s position and decisions affecting Romania.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said on Monday that maintaining relations based on mutual respect is important because of the ethnic Hungarians living in minority in Romania. “It is therefore regrettable that anti-Hungarian sentiments have made their way even to the highest levels of Romanian politics,” he said.

Minister Szijjártó said maintaining good relations would be useful not only to ethnic Hungarians but also to Romania because then the country can rely on Hungary’s cooperation in European affairs and trade issues.

The Minister added that Hungarian-Romanian relations were also successful at an international level, adding that the recent settlement of the issue of the Roman Catholic lyceum in Targu Mures (Marosvásárhely) was of symbolic importance. Raising tensions, however, must be rejected and that is why Hungary will take steps, even on an international level, against any anti-Hungarian sentiments, he added.

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