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Oct 08, 2019

FM: Closer ties between Hungary and Romania would benefit both countries and central Europe

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said “positive gestures” towards the ethnic Hungarian community in Transylvania would strengthen inter-state ties, and consequently the countries’ roles in the region.

The Foreign Minister has highlighted how closer ties between Hungary and Romania would benefit both countries and central Europe as a whole.

During an official visit to Arad, in western Romania, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said “positive gestures” towards the ethnic Hungarian community in Transylvania would strengthen inter-state ties, and consequently the countries’ roles in the region. He added that Hungary sees its own ethnic Romanian community as an important asset and continues to take steps to strengthen it.

At a press conference held jointly with Hunor Kelemen, the head of Romania’s ethnic Hungarian RMDSZ party, Minister Szijjártó touched on the Valea Uzului (Úzvölgye) memorial cemetery in Romania, a resting place of Hungarian WW1 soldiers where Szekler demonstrators clashed with Romanians earlier this year. The Minister called on Bucharest to delegate an “adequate negotiating partner” to the talks on settling the issue.

“We especially expect the Romanian government to prevent further provocation,” he said, referring to a commemoration announced by Romanian nationalist organizations at the same site for October 25th.

Kelemen said his talks with Minister Szijjártó focused on the situation of the Hungarian community in Romania. He said the challenges for the ethnic Hungarian community would not change in the years to come.

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