Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has greeted Hungarian communities in neighbouring countries on the March 15 national holiday, his press chief told MTI.
In a letter sent to ethnic Hungarian communities in Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine, the prime minister commemorated Hungary’s 1848/49 revolution and freedom fight as well as the centenary of the Trianon Peace Treaty, Bertalan Havasi said.
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“March 15, 1848 is a common legacy and celebration of all Hungarians. Wherever we live in the world, we all remember the young heroes of the revolution and those who fought together under the banner of Hungarian freedom,” Havasi quoted the prime minister as saying.
Orbán said this year’s celebration is given a special emphasis by the fact that the year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the WWI Trianon Peace Treaty under which two-thirds of Hungary’s territory was ceded to neighbouring countries.
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“Just as 172 years ago, Hungary cannot exist today without the Hungarian communities in Transylvania, Northern Serbia, Southern Slovakia and Transcarpathia, and it is our shared duty and responsibility to strengthen these communities and protect their rights,” he said in his letter.
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