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Foreign Minister: Anti-Hungarian Sentiments Could Affect Hungary’s Position on Romania

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.07.01.

Increasing anti-Hungarian sentiments in Romania could also affect Hungary’s position and decisions affecting Romania, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Monday.

Maintaining relations based on mutual respect is important because of the ethnic Hungarians living in minority in Romania, he said after a press conference held on a different subject.

“It is therefore regrettable that anti-Hungarian sentiments have made their way even to the highest levels of Romanian politics,” Szijjártó said.

Maintaining good relations would be useful not only to ethnic Hungarians but also to Romania because then the country can rely on Hungary’s cooperation in European affairs and trade issues, he added.

Hungarian-Romanian relations were also successful at an international level, he said, adding that the recent settlement of the issue of the Roman Catholic lyceum in Marosvasarhely (Targu Mures) was of symbolic importance. Raising tensions, however, must be rejected and that is why Hungary will take steps, even on an international level, against any anti-Hungarian sentiments, he added.

Featured photo illustration by Zsolt Burger/Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade