Presidents mark Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship

Hungarian President Janos Ader received his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda at a ceremony with military honours in Veszprem, in western Hungary, on Friday afternoon. The two heads of state mark the occasion of Polish-Hungarian friendship day in the city.

Hungarians and Poles have always honoured their friendship by respecting, aiding and appreciating each other, Ader said at the gala evening. “This is a friendship that has weathered gruelling world wars and political disputes and survived the dictatorships the two nations had to endure simultaneously,” Ader said. Duda said that Poland and Hungary both strive for security, and also “a dignified, fair and honest Europe nurturing our countries’ development”. Difficulties and conflicting views on the future of Europe and the world notwithstanding, “we are the ones that succeed … that are going to make the world a better place,” he said.

If asylum seekers were forcefully settled in Poland, they would also have to be kept there by force, and Poland rejects that option, Duda told a press conference in the afternoon. Duda said Poland had always argued for solving the root causes of migration where they arise so that the dislocated can return home after the conflicts are settled. He insisted that Poland already fulfills its obligations regarding migration by receiving hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians every year. As they find jobs there, they do not go farther, he said.Praising cooperation between Hungary and Poland, Duda said that the two countries “stand together” in the EU, NATO, the Visegrad Group and the Three Seas Initiative, and achieve results in all fields.

After their meeting, Ader said that regional infrastructure projects, transport corridors, energy security and the Three Seas Initiative had featured high on the agenda.

On Saturday morning, the two presidents will take part in a festive mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral.

The first day of Hungarian-Polish friendship was celebrated a decade ago following a 2006 initiative by Lech Kaczynski, Poland’s president at the time, and Laszlo Solyom, his Hungarian counterpart. March 23 was declared the day of that friendship by both countries’ parliaments in 2007. The first public monument to Hungarian-Polish friendship was inaugurated in the western Hungarian city of Gyor in 2006, and a similar monument was inaugurated in Jaroslaw, in southern Poland, two years later.

Source and photo: MTI

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