Foreign Affairs

Hungary, Netherlands Resolve Diplomatic Conflict As Premiers Hold Talks In Tallin

Hungary has settled its conflict with the Netherlands and the Hungarian ambassador will soon resume his post in the country, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in Tallinn on Friday.

Hungary recalled its ambassador to the Netherlands last month after Gajus Scheltema, the outgoing Dutch ambassador to Hungary, compared the principles of Islamic extremism to those of the Hungarian government. In an interview with political weekly 168 Óra last month, Scheltema said that Islamic extremism “applies the same principles to create an enemy as the Hungarian government”. In reaction, the Hungarian government decided to suspend ambassadorial-level communication between the two countries for an indefinite period.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the European Union’s Digital Summit in the Estonian capital,  Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he had discussed the matter with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. “We settled the conflict between the two countries; in fact we like each other and we agree on many issues,” Orbán said. Hungary’s Ambassador to the Netherlands can resume his post in The Hague, he added.

On the subject of recent proposals to reform the EU, the Hungarian Premiers said: “We are still far from being able to talk about reform proposals.” “Right now, all we have is an intent to make Europe competitive again and there are a number of ideas on how to go about it,” he added.

via MTI; photo: Szilárd Koszticsák – MTI