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Hungarian House Speaker László Kövér in Mexico City

According to Hungarian wire service MTI, Hungarian Speaker of the House László Kövér visited Mexico City last week, where he engaged in discussions on enhancing bilateral ties between the two nations, and later officially inaugurated a statue commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

On last Thursday, the first day of his visit, Speaker Kövér held talks with the President of the Mexican Senate, Escudero Morales, and with the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Javier Bolanos Aguilar. Mr. Kövér also met with members of Senate Committees, and attended the founding session of the Chamber of Deputies’ Mexican-Hungarian Friendship Chapter.

Discussing the purpose of his trip, the Hungarian Speaker said that “We would like to give a new emphasis to high-level parliamentary meetings, we are working to improve dialogue regarding creating legislation, and would like to make communication at the…committee level more frequent.”

Mexikóváros, 2017. február 3. Az Országgyûlés Sajtóirodája által közreadott képen Kövér László, az Országgyûlés elnöke felszólal a mexikói alkotmány elfogadásának 100. évfordulója alkalmából tartott szenátusi ünnepi ülésen Mexikóvárosban 2017. február 3-án. MTI Fotó: Országgyûlés Sajtóirodája
Hungarian Speaker of the House László Kövér speaking at a formal session of the senate commemorating the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Mexican Constitution (Photo: MTI- National Assembly Press Office). 

Mr. Kövér agreed with his Mexican counterparts that Hungary and Mexico would boost dialogue between their countries’ parliaments and relations between their committees. In addition, Mr. Kövér said that in a bid to promote educational relations, Hungary would offer state scholarships to 40 Mexican students under its Stipendium Hungaricum program.

The two parties also discussed the related, albeit different, ways that the global issue of migration that impacts both Mexico and central Europe. Mr. Kövér and his Mexican counterparts agreed that the two regions must apply the same principles in tackling the issue, namely that migration must be legal, peaceful and controlled. They also highlighted the importance of efforts towards eliminating the root causes of forced migration in the countries where such migration originates.

Mexico is Hungary’s second-trading partner in North America, and its largest in Latin America. Mr. Kövér expressed his desire to further expand trade between the two countries, as well as to bring about new opportunities for cooperation.

Responding to questions surrounding the Mexican government’s recent conflicts with new US President Donald Trump, Speaker Kövér responded that “we have never gotten involved in the bilateral issues of other [countries], nor in others’ internal political issues, and we will not do so in the future either.”

Mr. Kövér also addressed a formal session of the senate commemorating the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Mexican constitution. In his speech to the senate, Mr. Kövér praised the progressive nature of the Mexican constitution as being unparalleled for its day.

Speaker Kövér also invited his Mexican counterparts, the Presidents of the Senate and of the Chamber of Deputies, to visit Hungary.

The next day, the Hungarian speaker inaugurated a memorial dedicated to the heroes of the 1956 Hungarian revolution at the Hungarian Embassy in Mexico City. The memorial is the work of Hungarian sculptor Pál Kepenyes, who lives in Mexico, and who suffered through several years of imprisonment before himself taking an active part in the 1956 revolution. In his speech at the ceremony, Mr. Kövér emphasized the important and unique place that 1956 holds in the heart every Hungarian.

Mexikóváros, 2017. február 4. Az Országgyûlés Sajtóirodája által közreadott képen Kövér László, az Országgyûlés elnöke (j2) és Kepenyes Pál Mexikóban élõ magyar szobrászmûvész (j3), az 1956-os forradalom és szabadságharc hõseinek tiszteletére állított emlékmû alkotója az emlékmû avatásán Magyarország mexikóvárosi nagykövetségén 2017. február 3-án. MTI Fotó: Az Országgyûlés Sajtóirodája
Hungarian House Speaker László Kövér (right) at the inauguration of a statue commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, with the memorial’s sculptor Pál Kepenyes (left) at the Hungarian Embassy in Mexico City (Photo: MTI- National Assembly Press Office). 

As we reported last week, Mr. Kövér’s trip to Mexico will be followed by a visit to Panama, where he will hold talks with President of the National Assembly of Panama Rubén De León Sánchez and with Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado.

Via MTI and Hungary Matters

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