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Jun 28, 2019

Hungary and Austria mark 30th anniversary of Iron Curtain opening

The Foreign Minister said central Europe today is home to “robust, developing, proud” countries which are able to cooperate according to national interests and contribute substantially to Europe’s economy and security.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó was joined by his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg in Sopron on Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of the symbolic dismantling of the Iron Curtain.

According to MTI, the commemoration was held at the exact same spot where the then Hungarian Foreign Minister Gyula Horn and his Austrian counterpart, Alois Mock, opened the sealed border by symbolically cutting the barbed wire fence on June 27th, 1989.

“The Iron Curtain imprisoned Hungarians, but it was only a matter of time before … the core characteristics of the Hungarian people would surface,” Minister Szijjártó said in his speech. “This is what the desire for freedom is like.”

The Minister said central Europe today is home to “robust, developing, proud” countries which are able to cooperate according to national interests and contribute substantially to Europe’s economy and security.

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