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Polish Foreign Minister Finds Support In Budapest Ahead Of Premier’s Visit To Hungary


Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó has expressed support for Poland in the wake of criticism of its government’s measures by European Union institutions after talks with his Polish counterpart in Budapest. “European institutions, officials, countries and politicians must respect the democratic decision of the Polish people to authorise the current government, and everyone should accept this,” he said.

Cooperation with Poland has always been in the foreground of Hungarian foreign policy, both bilaterally and within the Visegrad grouping of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, Péter Szijjártó said, adding that this would not change in the future. Poland has been the target of “unacceptable attacks” in Europe, but the Polish people and Poland deserve respect, Szijjártó insisted. Hungary is grateful to Poland for providing assistance in the most difficult of times to protect the country’s borders and those of the Schengen Area, he added.

Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski welcomed Hungary’s support for Poland, adding that Europe should be dealing with real problems rather than “marginal issues”. According to Waszczykowski,  the governments of the two Central European countries agree or have very similar views and put forward similar solutions to problems, for instance Poland’s view is also that the migration crisis must be handled at its source and not in Europe.

Witold Waszczykowski was also received by PM Viktor Orbán in Parliament. The sides discussed bilateral relations and current EU affairs and they also talked about the details of Polish Prime Minister visit to Hungary scheduled for next week. Beata Szydło will arrive in Budapest on 8 February on an official visit initiated by her Hungarian counterpart.

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