Stef Blok in Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, 2019. március 11. Szijjártó Péter külgazdasági és külügyminiszter (j) és Stef Blok holland külügyminiszter a tárgyalásukat követõen tartott sajtótájékoztatón a Külgazdasági és Külügyminisztériumban 2019. március 11-én. MTI/Mónus Márton

Hungary and the Netherlands “look at the world from different positions” but “they will be able to discuss many issues if they stay on the grounds of mutual respect,” Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Monday.

At a joint press conference with his Dutch counterpart in Budapest, he said that “Hungary gives and expects respect” especially concerning its position that “Hungary’s future should be determined by the Hungarians only”.

Economic and defence achievements are in the focus of Hungarian-Dutch ties, and “calm discussions will contribute to success stories rather than disputes dominating (bilateral) cooperation,” Szijjártó said.

The Netherlands is an important ally for Hungary within the EU and NATO with the two countries cooperating in several areas, Szijjártó said.

There are, however, areas such as European politics where the two countries disagree on more issues than on which they are on equal footing, he added.

One such issue is migration, Szijjártó said, attributing the difference to the role immigrants had played in Dutch history. “In turn, Hungary has never been, and will never become, an immigrant country,” he said, adding that this difference explained why the two countries had voted differently on the UN’s global migration compact.

Hungary and the Netherlands, however, can rely on one another in defence cooperation, he said, noting the 22-strong Dutch contingent serving on the military base at north-western Hungary’s Pápa.

Concerning economic ties, Szijjártó noted that 650 Dutch businesses are employing 15,000 people in Hungary.

Stef Blok, the Dutch minister, said that bilateral ties are strong; Hungary and the Netherlands are allies within NATO, partners in the EU and have tight business ties, too.

As partners, they can discuss differences in their positions and share concerns, he said, adding that “they may not always agree; a respectful and open dialogue is needed”.

As we wrote on February, the Hungarian government didn’t receive the Dutch parliamentary delegation visiting Budapest to investigate the state of the rule of law in the country, read more HERE.


Source: MTI

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  1. Hungary has experienced many ‘nasty’ things in the past and they have learned their lessons. The saying that a donkey will not hit the same stone twice applies to the justified attitude of the proud Hungarians. The fact is that it is peaceful and pleasant to be in this beautiful country. There are hardly any ‘refugees’ causing troubles and if they do misbehave then the police will take action against them! The Netherlands can learn a lesson from that. More and more Dutch people have the opinion that the Dutch mainstream media (paid by Soros) are spreading nonsensical messages (fake news) about Hungary and especially about Mr Orbán. If we had only one person like Mr Orbán!

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