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Hungary Summons Swedish Ambassador over Minister’s Critical Remarks

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.02.18.

Hungary’s foreign ministry summoned the Swedish ambassador over critical remarks by a Swedish minister concerning the Hungarian government’s recent family assistance measures, the foreign minister said on Friday.

In a tweet, Annika Strandhall, the Swedish minister for social affairs, said that Hungary’s “alarming” policies were “reeking of the 1930’s”. She suggested the Hungarian prime minister, who she said seeks to promote the birth of “more true Hungarian” babies, was a “right-wing populist trying to obscure the consequences of those policies to the independence women have fought for”.

Foreign Minister Szijjártó Dismisses Swedish Minister’s Criticism

Answering a question at a press conference on a different subject, Péter Szijjártó said Strandhall had used an “unacceptable” tone in her tweet. He said the Swedish ambassador had been told at the ministry that Strandhall’s comments, too, were unacceptable.

Szijjártó said the ambassador had taken note of Hungary’s stance and promised to convey it to Stockholm.

On the featured photo FM Péter Szijjártó