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Zágráb, 2018. április 3. Damir Krsticevic horvát védelmi miniszter és Simicskó István honvédelmi miniszter (b-j) Zágrábban, a Mirogoj temetõben, az elsõ világháborúban hõsi halált halt 450 magyar katona tiszteletére állított emléktábla avatásán 2018. április 3-án. MTI Fotó: Varga György

Hungarian Defence Minister István Simicskó and his Croatian counterpart Damir Krsticevic unveiled a plaque honoring the 450 Hungarians who fell in WWI in Zagreb’s Mirogoj Cemetery on Tuesday.

Addressing the ceremony, Simicskó said joint commemorations such as Tuesday’s “provide a spiritual ammunition to us all, giving us strength to face up to the challenges of the future”.

Hungary and Croatia are two nations that have not only a shared past but a future as well which they can build further together as friends, he said.

Krsticevic said the two peoples were bound together as friends with their bond going back a thousand years.

“This commemoration today is an outstanding example of the Croatian and Hungarian peoples’ friendship and the bright future they face,” he said.

The plaque was put up at the initiative of Hungarian President János Áder, who paid a visit to the cemetery together with his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic last year to pay tribute to the Hungarian soldiers.

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Source: MTI

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