Szatmárnémeti, Romania, February 11 (MTI) – Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén attended the congress of the Hungarian Civic Party (MPP) in Satu Mare (Szatmárnémeti), in north-west Romania, on Saturday.
“Hungarians and Romanians are dependent on each other,” Semjén told the congress. “Not only because Romania is one of Hungary’s most important trading partners, but also because 1.5 million Hungarians live here.”
He said Hungarians had lived to see Slovak and Czech soldiers protecting Hungary’s border and ethnic Hungarians in Serbia receiving cultural autonomy. Today, Hungary is the biggest supporter of Serbia’s accession to the European Union, he said.
“We have also extended our hand to Romania,” the deputy prime minister said.
Semjén said Hungary and Serbia’s improving relations also showed that Hungary was not to blame for the slow progress in its ties with Romania.
He said that Romania’s current tense domestic political environment had prompted some to try to conceal the country’s problems through “anti-Hungarian rhetoric”.
Semjén congratulated MPP on having applied a “responsible” approach to the 2016 election and joining forces with the ethnic Hungarian RMDSZ party.
In last December’s election, the MPP-RMDSZ alliance received 6 percent of the vote, clearing the 5 percent threshold for parliamentary representation.