Increasing anti-Hungarian sentiments in Romania could also affect Hungary’s position and decisions affecting Romania, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Monday.
Maintaining relations based on mutual respect is important because of the ethnic Hungarians living in minority in Romania, he said after a press conference held on a different subject.
“It is therefore regrettable that anti-Hungarian sentiments have made their way even to the highest levels of Romanian politics,” Szijjártó said.
Maintaining good relations would be useful not only to ethnic Hungarians but also to Romania because then the country can rely on Hungary’s cooperation in European affairs and trade issues, he added.
Hungarian-Romanian relations were also successful at an international level, he said, adding that
the recent settlement of the issue of the Roman Catholic lyceum in Targu Mures (Marosvásárhely) was of symbolic importance.
Raising tensions, however, must be rejected and that is why Hungary will take steps, even on an international level, against any anti-Hungarian sentiments, he added.
Concerning the election of European Union leaders, he said Hungary’s position had been unchanged and clear from the beginning. Any candidate who does not respect European nations and Catholic values, and does not want to stop migration cannot rely on Hungary’s support, he added.