Katowice (MTI) – Hungarian President Janos Ader participated in the 9th Hungarian-Polish Friendship Day celebrations in Katowice, Poland, on Saturday.
In a speech to mark the event, Ader said the people in this region of Europe know well that nations with a future are those that can see beyond their own interests.
“Only those nations can hope to win the respect of others that stand up from their own rights, but also honour the rights of others, that are capable of selfless sacrifice and are understanding,” he said.
Ader and his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski inaugurated a memorial to Henryk Slawik of Poland and Jozsef Antall Sr. of Hungary, two politicians who saved thousands of people in Hungary during the Second World War.
Before the inauguration, the two presidents and their wives attended a mass celebrated by Archbishop of Katowice Wiktor Skworc and Archbishop of Eger Csaba Ternyak in the Cathedral of Christ the King.
After the inauguration, the presidents visited the 3rd Hungarian-Polish Chess Competition. About 700 people participated in the contest, including the Hungarian grandmaster Judit Polgar and the Polish grandmaster Radoslaw Wojtaszek.
On Saturday afternoon, Ader laid a wreath at the graves of 29 Hungarian soldiers who were slain by Soviet soldiers after they surrendered and were buried by locals in Murcki.
The event concluded the president’s two-day official visit to Poland.