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Jul 10, 2019

FM meets with Romanian counterpart to discuss minority rights

“Hungary is striving to improve bilateral relations and steer it back towards an atmosphere of mutual respect and positive dynamics,” the Foreign Ministry said.

The Foreign Minister has met with his Romanian counterpart at a mountain resort in Slovakia to discuss the issues of Hungarian minority rights in Romania.

According to MTI, Teodor Meleșcanu and Péter Szíjjártó met in Štrbské pleso, on the fringes of an informal meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Minister Szííjártó asked Meleșcanu’s help to continue the dialogue of the two countries’ defense ministries to clarify the issue of the Úz valley Austro-Hungarian military graveyard in Romania, saying that the two delegations should ideally meet on site this month to assess the situation.

The Minister also asked his Romanian counterpart to protect the Hungarian minority’s language rights, curtailed by a recent Romanian government ordnance regulating official procedures and stop the Romanian authorities’ practice of fining the officials of the Hungarian minority when they use the language and symbols of their minority.

“Hungary is striving to improve bilateral relations and steer it back towards an atmosphere of mutual respect and positive dynamics,” a statement from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade underlined after the meeting.

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