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Jan 02, 2020

Foreign Minister welcomes Ukraine acknowledgment of minority languages

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said restoring relations would lie in the interest of both countries and the ethnic Hungarian community in Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region.

In response to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky greeting Ukraine’s ethnic communities, including Hungarians, in their mother tongue, the foreign minster said the Hungarian government has a vested interest in restoring good-neighborly relations with Ukraine.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said restoring relations would lie in the interest of both countries and the ethnic Hungarian community in Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region.

Calling Zelensky’s gesture “important and fine”, Minister Szijjártó said that hopefully “his words would soon be followed by actions”, and that the Ukrainian parliament would amend the laws on education and the use of minority languages so as to restore the rights of ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia.

The minister said the Hungarian government is prepared to hold a high-level dialogue and continue to give Ukraine every possible assistance in its quest to develop more rapidly.