President Katalin Novák said the ties between the motherland and Hungarians living outside of the country’s borders are “inseverable”, speaking at the unveiling of a statue of Gábor Bethlen, the prince of Transylvania in its golden age, in Alba Iulia (Gyulafehérvár) on Saturday.
“We will never sever the umbilical cord between the motherland and the Hungarians torn away, and we will never let it be severed,” Novák said. “Gábor Bethlen and the golden age of Transylvania will not be let go, so too we will not let go of each other,” she added.
Novák said that Hungarians living in Transylvania can play a role in Romania’s advancement if they preserve their identity.
More foreign leaders congratulate Orbán on re-election
The prime ministers of Belgium, Malta, the Czech Republic and Romania, and the president of Serbia have congratulated Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on his re-election, the PM’s press chief said on Saturday. Alexander de Croo pointed to further opportunities to develop bilateral ties between Hungary and Belgium. He noted that the sides would need to work together when Hungary takes over from Belgium the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2024.
Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela stressed the importance of continued cooperation in the European Council based on “shared priorities and interests”.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala welcomed Hungary’s solidarity with Europe on the matter of Ukraine and acknowledged that the war has made the issue of energy security “among the most important challenges” facing Europe.
Nicolae Ciuca, the prime minister of Romania, highlighted the importance of deepening cooperation within NATO and the EU.
Aleksandar Vucic said in his congratulatory letter that Serbia and Hungary would “continue to fight for the shared values and interests of their citizens”.