Budapest, January 11 (MTI) – The past year had been difficult in terms of a dialogue between nations, but the ability of finding a “common voice” will be all the more important in the New Year, Hungary’s President Janos Ader told diplomats in an opening year address on Monday.

Nothing can damage the foundations of our being: the lessons from our parents, our faith and our national identity. Not even apathy, an urge to conform, or to follow some passing fashion can damage them, Ader said before a reception at the Palace of Arts in Budapest.

Diversity is a universal treasure and our affiliations, innate or voluntary, can be varied, he said. Pointing to the beliefs of 20th-century Hungarian composers Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok, Ader said national particularities can live side by side in a world where everyone insists on their own decisions, but also respects the decisions of others.

The evening’s programme featured Hungarian folk music and folk dance, which would allude to an atmosphere of “a Europe of nations” and “a community of shared fate”, Ader said. He said he wished the diplomats that their countries should understand each other as well in 2016 as they did during these festivities.

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