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September 20, 2021

FM Corlatean: Politicians relate superficially to Romanian-Hungarian partnership

Romanian foreign minister and his Hungarian counterpart, Janos Martonyi, met at MAE yesterday for a press conference dedicated to the anniversary of 10 years since the conclusion of the Romanian-Hungarian strategic partnership.

Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean (PSD) said during a press conference held jointly with his Hungarian counterpart, Janos Martonyi, on Monday, that some of the contemporary politicians treated the partnership with Hungary with superficiality, moving very easily over the efforts and merits of successive generations who had built a relationship with the neighbouring state. ‘Unfortunately, some of the contemporary politicians have the tendency of relating to this partnership superficially, skipping relatively easily through the efforts and merits of successive generations of Romanian and Hungarian diplomats who have painstakingly built this partnership’, Corlatean said during the conference on the anniversary of the bilateral strategic partnership signed ten years ago. According to Mediafax, the conference at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) was attended by the heads of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), George Maior and Teodor Melescanu respectively, as well as former and current diplomats, but they did not take part in the official talks with the Hungarian FM. According to MAE officials, Teodor Melescanu was invited in his capacity as former Foreign Minister and George Maior for having been Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence back in 2002, when the partnership declaration was signed. Ex-FM Mircea Geoana and Sergiu Celac, UDMR leader Gyorgy Frunda, as well as representatives of various foreign embassies in Bucharest – Bulgaria, R. Moldova, Turkey, Germany, Greece, Poland, Albania, Austria, and Italy – were also present for the anniversary event at MAE.  Janos Martonyi was going to be seen by PM Victor Ponta, Senate Speaker Crin Antonescu and Chamber Speaker Valeriu Zgonea last night.The talks between Titus Corlatean and Janos Martonyi happen at a time marked by bilateral tension generated by the display of the Szekely flag on state institutions in the Counties of Harghita and Covasna, preponderantly inhabited by Hungarian ethnics.  The initiative belonged to the Hungarian People’s Party in Transylvania (PPMT) and inflamed spirits in both Bucharest and Budapest. The Ambassador of Hungary in Romania, Oskar Fuzes, is also a member of Minister Martonyi’s delegation. Minister Corlatean said on TV Sunday night that the more important thing was to discuss sensitive ethnic issues lately via diplomatic channels rather than in the media or by agitating spirits in the street.

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