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House Speaker Kövér in Latvia: ‘Nothing but a strong Europe can protect us’

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.10.14.

“Nothing but a strong Europe can protect us, but Europe can only be strong if each of us are strong on our own,” House Speaker László Kövér said during an official visit to Latvia’s parliament on Wednesday.

The Fidesz politician assured his hosts of Hungary being a “faithful and loyal ally” to Latvia, the Hungarian parliament’s press chief told MTI in a statement.

According to the statement, Kövér said that the European Union “has been the best structure in history in terms of promoting national interests”, adding that the EU has “pledged that at the table where decisions concerning us are made we will have an equal say”. (However, a few weeks ago, the Fidesz politician said that he would probably vote against Hungary joining the bloc if the referendum was held today.)

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“We want to build a Europe like that together with Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians and Poles, as well as with the other countries in central Europe,” the statement quoted Kövér as saying.

Kövér’s talks focused on bilateral ties, a series of conferences concerning the future of Europe, migration and border control, defence and security challenges, as well as efforts against the coronavirus pandemic.

At the talks, Kövér announced that Hungary would join NATO’s strategic communications centre of excellence in Riga before the end of the year.

Kövér met Inara Murniece, his Latvian counterpart, deputy speaker Dagmara Beitnere-Le Galla, deputy PM and Defence Minister Artis Pabriks and Culture Minister Nauris Puntulis.

In the featured photo: László Kövér and Inara Murniece. Photo by the Press Office of the Hungarian Parliament