Hungarian Defence Minister István Simicskó and his Croatian counterpart Damir Krstičević unveiled a plaque honouring the 450 Hungarians who fell in the First World War in Zagreb’s Mirogoj Cemetery.
Addressing the ceremony, Simicskó said joint commemorations such as Tuesday’s “provide spiritual ammunition to us all, giving us strength to face up to the challenges of the future”. Hungary and Croatia are two nations that have not only a shared past but a future as well which they can build further together as friends, he said. Krstičević said the two peoples were bound together as friends with their bond going back a thousand years.
“This commemoration today is an outstanding example of the Croatian and Hungarian peoples’ friendship and the bright future they face,”
he said. The plaque was put up at the initiative of Hungarian President János Áder, who paid a visit to the cemetery together with his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović last year to pay tribute to the Hungarian soldiers.
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