President Katalin Novák held talks by telephone with Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda on Thursday, marking the Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship.
According to a statement by the Hungarian president’s office, the two presidents highlighted the importance of the centuries-long friendship between Hungarians and Poles and made a commitment to doing everything to maintain and further strengthen those ties. “It is a friendship that has stood the test of time and in which solidarity for each other has always played an important part,” the communications director of the presidential Sandor Palace said. The two presidents also said they were glad that their good personal ties could contribute to the friendship of the two nations. Before the talks, President Novák laid a wreath in Balatonboglár, near Lake Balaton, at a building in which Polish refugees had received schooling during the second world war. The ceremony was attended by the Polish ambassador and a delegation from Poland’s parliament. Meanwhile, the head of the Polish Prime Minister’s Office, Marek Kuchcinski, marked the day of Polish-Hungarian friendship in a Twitter post on Thursday, stating that despite the attacks against Polish-Hungarian friendship “we are still connected by a bridge built on centuries of support and solidarity”. He noted that the day of Polish-Hungarian friendship was established by former President Lech Kaczynski.