Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó welcomed reports that a recently reopened Catholic high school, attended mainly by Hungarian students, started its school year on Monday in the central Romanian city Marosvásárhely (Târgu Mureș).
Romanian authorities suspended the operation of the school in 2016. In response, Hungary said it would not support Romania’s OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) membership until the issue will be resolved.
On a press conference on Monday, Szijjártó said that mother-tongue education is one of the main guarantees of the survival of Hungarian minorities abroad, adding that the agreement to reopen the school was a result of intense negotiations and “diverse diplomatic tools.”
Szijjártó said that the Hungarian government will always stand up for Hungarian communities abroad, as it has done in the past and they will further “keep an eye” on the school to make sure all classes start duly. The minister also expressed hope to build Romanian-Hungarian cooperation based on the mutual respect born of this success.