The Hungarian nation has survived and “even those that have been torn away from us in body always stayed with us in spirit,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday, marking National Cohesion Day.
Orbán told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio that only one nation existed and it spread far beyond the country’s borders.
“After all, preserving this spiritual community has been successful, despite a difficult past hundred years,” he added.
He said the notion of national cohesion was currently stronger than at any point in the past decades.
Orbán said that even Hungary’s neighbours, despite some disputes with them concerning the rights of ethnic Hungarians living there, respected the strength and success of Hungarians.
“We have improved neighbourly relations since we managed to become stronger,” he said. Hungary has better relations with an increasing number of its neighbours than before because “we are not making enemies but friends,” Orbán added.
In the current complicated international system Hungary is not making efforts to line up to any one large power but “to go our own way”, the prime minister said.