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President of Hungary, Katalin Novák, received her Romanian counterpart Klaus Johannis on an official visit to the Sándor Palace on Wednesday. The Hungarian President spoke about the importance of restoring regular meetings between the leaders of the two countries. Last year, the Hungarian politician visited Bucharest, and this is the first time in 14 years that a Romanian president had paid a visit to Budapest.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Katalin Novák said:

The aim was to establish a well-functioning, pragmatic relationship between the two countries.

As she indicated, the war situation is the most important issue on everyone’s minds at the moment, which was the main topic of discussion during their one-on-one meeting.

Hungary and Romania condemn Russia’s aggression and both countries support Ukraine, providing all humanitarian aid to those fleeing the fighting. Novák stressed that it is important to see that Russia has crossed the Rubicon and that their actions are unacceptable.

Both countries have significant minorities in Ukraine and it is important to guarantee the rights of minorities in Transcarpathia.

The day before yesterday, the Romanian President received Ukrainian President Zelensky and the issue was also raised during their meeting. Klaus Johannis has promised that for his part, he will do his utmost to ensure that the rights of minorities in Ukraine are guaranteed.

If Ukraine wants to become a member of the alliances of which Hungary and Romania are already members, it shall do so,”

he said.

Romania’s President was also asked about rights of the Hungarian minority in Romania. Johannis said they were convinced that supporting and strengthening the Hungarian minority would add to the development of Romania, thus existing tensions should be reduced.

As for Romanian newspaper reports, they have commented on the short visit with an element of skepticism. Journal adevarul.ro even stressed that

leaders in Budapest should avoid controversial statements and gestures, and at the same time be more cautious when they intend to make investments in Transylvania without dialogue with Bucharest.

“My visit to Budapest today, at the invitation of President Katalin Novák, is an important signal for the future development of our bilateral relationship. Today I continued my dialogue with the president after her visit to Bucharest last year and the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Bucharest, where we were together in September,” said Iohannis.

“I have stressed that persons belonging to national minorities contribute to the creation and strengthening of bridges between the state of citizenship – the only one responsible for the protection of their rights – and the related state,” added the Romanian Head of State.

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Via: Magyar Nemzet, adevarul.ro; Featured image: Klaus Johannis/ Facebook.

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