The foreign minister said Hungary and the United Kingdom have laid the foundations of cooperation based on mutual respect following the UK's exit from the European Union.
Speaking in London on Tuesday, at the inauguration of the Hungarian consulate’s new building, Péter Szijjártó said Europe is in a critical period, facing serious challenges. “We receive a lot of bad news and face many challenges each day,” Minister Szijjártó said. “This situation makes friendships, predictable relationships and stable partnerships like that of the United Kingdom and Hungary all the more valuable.” Minister Szijjártó said that “in the spirit of mutual respect”, Hungary “was perhaps the only EU member state” that had not commented on or labelled the outcome of the Brexit referendum. “We didn’t compete with others in saying how bad a decision the British people had made,” he said. “We simply left it to the British people to decide on their own future.”
Minister Szijjártó said on Facebook after meeting Liz Truss, his British counterpart, that the talks were “another milestone” in building the two countries’ post-Brexit cooperation. The EU should strive for good and productive ties with the UK, Minister Szijjártó said, adding that “the idea of taking revenge for Brexit should, at last, be dropped in Brussels”.
Photo credit: Facebook/Szijjártó Péter