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Submitted by JP on Wed, 10/04/2023 - 10:22
Head of Hungarian diplomacy: We Strongly Support Our Polish Brothers and Sisters

"We are very much rooting for our Polish brothers and sisters. And we wholeheartedly support the ruling party in pulling off yet an other election victory, because politics is an experience-based business. Standing on the grounds of mutual respect we have, together with the current Polish government, been able to effectively rethink and realize further development of expanding cooperation between Hungary and Poland in recent years. I am convinced that both countries benefited a lot from this" – said Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó in an interview for Hungary's Magyar Nemzet daily. The head of Hungarian diplomacy also addressed the disputes with Kyiv, the issue of NATO enlargement to Sweden, and the outcome of the elections in Slovakia.

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó during the opening of the exhibition 'Hungarian October 1956' at the Royal Łazienki Park Gallery in Warsaw. Photo by Tomasz Gzell/PAP

„We have taken different approaches to the issue of the war in Ukraine, but this in no way hampers cooperation in other areas, such as taking very decisive measures against illegal migration, preventing the introduction of mandatory quotas or even taking a joint stand in support of family and Christian values” – the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs noted.

Referring to the dispute between Kiev and Warsaw over Ukrainian grain, the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó stated in an interview with 'Magyar Nemzet': "It is an entirely different question that is likely sobering for the Poles as well, that after being the country in Europe to help the Ukrainians the most, Kyiv initiated a lawsuit against Warsaw at the World Trade Organization, which is utterly inexplicable".

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó criticized Ukraine for restricting the rights of national communities and filing legal actions against EU member states, including Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. He highlighted Ukraine's request for funds from Hungarian taxpayers while a bank crucial to Hungary's economy was listed as an international war sponsor by Kiev. Szijjártó expressed contentment at Slovakia's election outcome, aligning with Hungary on crucial European issues. He emphasized the importance of relations with Slovakia due to their shared border, significant trade, and ethnic Hungarian population.

Regarding Sweden's NATO aspirations, Szijjártó cited disrespectful treatment of Hungarian democracy by Swedish politicians, questioning their readiness for NATO membership.