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Romanian Foreign Ministry Up in Arms After Novák’s Visit to Transylvania

One of the state secretaries at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs sought out Hungary’s ambassador in Bucharest to protest a Facebook post by President Katalin Novák over her private visit to Transylvania on Friday. The Hungarian head of state wrote that she had met with Hunor Kelemen, President of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania and Deputy Prime Minister of Romania.

The English part of Novák’s post stated:

Today I met with Hunor Kelemen, President of RMDSZ, Deputy Prime Minister of Romania. As the President of Hungary, I consider it my priority to represent all Hungarians, as it makes no difference to me whether someone lives inside or across the border. Hungarians are Hungarians, period.

The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, citing international law, claimed that no state can form any type of rights in relation to citizens of other counties. The state secretary for European affairs in the Romanian Foreign Ministry contacted the Hungarian Ambassador in Romania to convey the Romanian side’s concerns.

The ministry believes that the statement by President Novák does not meet European standards, nor is it in accordance with the spirit of the 1996 Hungarian-Romanian Treaty signed in Timișoara, or the Hungarian-Romanian 21st Century Strategic Partnership Statement, which was signed twenty years ago.

Romania continues to insist on developing pragmatic relations with Hungary for the benefit of Romanian and Hungarian citizens, regardless of their ethnicity. [Index]

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