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Mar 04, 2021

FM expresses hope that dual citizenship issue would be resolved in Slovakia

The foreign minister called on Slovakia’s Hungarians to participate at the ongoing national census and declare their ethnicity.

 

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has expressed hope that the issue of dual citizenship would sometime in future be resolved in Slovakia, after talks in Komarno (Révkomárom).

“The option of dual citizenship, it seems at the moment, is not ensured in Slovakia,” Minister Szijjártó said. “Dual citizenship is a legal instrument that exists across Europe, an institution which should not be feared,” he added. “We would like to discuss this issue with Slovakia, a strategic partner for Hungary, rationally and on the ground of mutual respect,” Minister Szijjártó said, calling the neighboring country’s Hungarian community an important link in bilateral ties.

The minister called on Slovakia’s Hungarians to participate at the ongoing national census and declare their ethnicity. Concerning the coronavirus epidemic, Minister Szijjártó said that the Slovak government had asked for his help in putting their officials in contact with Russian and Chinese partners during talks on purchasing Covid-19 vaccines from those two countries. He said the Hungarian government was also sending 27 ventillators to 13 hospitals in southern Slovakia where a large Hungarian community lives.

Minister Szijjjártó held talks with Béla Keszegh, the local mayor and board member of the Party of the Hungarian Community in Slovakia, and György Gyimesi, member of the Slovak National Council.

Photo credit: Facebook/Szijjártó Péter