The new right-wing government of Austria headed by Sebastian Kurz was officially formed earlier this week. While many European capital voiced concerns over Kurz’s far right coalition partner, the Hungarian government warmly welcomed the radical political change in Vienna.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sent a letter of congratulations to Sebastian Kurz who was sworn into his office as Austria’s new federal chancellor on Monday. The Hungarian Premier welcomed that Austria has once again a government that pursues a policy along the lines of Christian-conservative values, Bertalan Havasi , Orbán’s press chief told reporters. “I am looking forward to working together with you in the future through which we can contribute to strengthening Hungarian-Austrian relations, further developing central Europe and restoring our continent’s security,” Orbán said in the letter.
The victory of right-wing parties in Austria is good news for Hungary because in cooperation with “Austrian politicians who are not tied up by hypocrisy” there will be an opportunity to give real responses to the historical challenges facing Europe, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó said in response to the establishment of the new Austrian government.
Szijjártó also said he held consultations by phone with his Austrian counterpart Karin Kneissl after the new Austrian government had been formed. They both confirmed that they were looking forward to working together and they were in agreement that the new composition of the Austrian government would open a new era in the development of Austrian-Hungarian strategic cooperation. It was agreed that Kneissl, who can reportedly speak Hungarian, would pay an official visit in Budapest in early 2018.