The Hungarian government has a vested interest in restoring good-neighbourly relations with Ukraine, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Wednesday, reacting to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky greeting Ukraine’s ethnic communities, including the Hungarian, in their mother tongue.
Restoring good-neighbourly relations would lie in the interest of both countries and the ethnic Hungarian community in Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region, he said.
Calling Zelensky’s gesture “important and fine”, Szijjártó said that hopefully “his words would soon be followed by actions”, and that the Ukrainian parliament would amend the laws on education and the use of minority languages so as to restore the rights of ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia.
The Hungarian government is prepared to hold a high-level dialogue and continue to give Ukraine every possible assistance in its quest to develop more rapidly, Szijjártó said.
featured image: illustration (Péter Szijjártó in Tokyo); via MTI/Szilárd Koszticsák