Hungary and Germany’s foreign ministers marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of a friendship agreement between their countries.
The Hungarian-German agreement on friendly cooperation and European partnership was signed by the two countries’ leaders at the time, Prime Minister József Antall and Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl, on February 6, 1992. It envisaged regular political dialogue on international affairs, including annual meetings between the two countries’ prime ministers and foreign ministers.
In a statement issued on Monday, Péter Szijjártó and Sigmar Gabriel said the friendship agreement laid the foundations for Hungary and Germany’s bilateral relations. Over the past years, Hungary and Germany have formed a strong partnership in the European Union and NATO, the minsters said, adding that the goals and responsibilities laid out in the friendship agreement were still valid to this day. The agreement was a natural product of the unparalleled “peaceful revolution” that took place in Europe, they said. Just as 25 years ago, the two countries still prize the creation of a European unity built on respect for basic freedoms, democracy and the rule of law, the statement said. The ministers highlighted the preservation of Europe’s prosperity, security, cohesion, the protection of minorities and contribution to the continent’s economic growth and competitiveness as their countries’ shared goals.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Hungarian-German friendship agreement, a memorial event (pictured above) was held on Monday afternoon at Budapest’s German-language Andrássy University. The event, organised jointly by the József Antall Knowledge Centre, the Foundation for a Civic Hungary and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, was attended by several prominent figures from both sides, including Hungarian HR Minister Zoltán Balogh, Vice-President of the National Assembly Gergely Gulyás, former minister of culture István Hiller, Hungary’s Ambassador to Berlin Péter Györkös, Germany’s Ambassador to Budapest Manfred Emmes, deputy head of the CDU/CSU group in the Bundestag Arnold Vaatz and member of Bundestag’s committee for economic cooperation and development Tobias Zech.
via hungarymatters.hu and MTI