Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said on Thursday that Hungarians from Baranja (Drávaszög), in Croatia, who voted in Hungary’s recent general election, showed that “the mother country can rely on Hungarians beyond the border, and they can continue to rely on the support of the mother country.”
Following talks with Róbert Jankovics, head of the Democratic Union of Hungarians of Croatia, Minister Szijjártó told a joint press conference in Bilje (Bellye) that voters had been called on to make a decision concerning war and peace. It was important that on a matter “concerning the fate of the nation”, all members of the nation should be able to participate. He accused the left-wing opposition of planning to withdraw the right to vote by members of the Hungarian communities beyond the border. Minister Szijjártó noted that the Fidesz-led alliance had received a record number of votes from Hungary’s near abroad, and this was also true of Croatia. Some 390 ballot papers were submitted at the consulate general in Osijek (Eszék), twice as many as four years ago, he said.
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