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MAE brings clarifications: Romanian Ambassador in Budapest on requested audience at Hungarian Foreign Ministry’s seat, not summoned there

Romanian Ambassador in Budapest Victor Micula (photo) was not summoned by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to its premises, and the audience of the Romanian diplomat with Hungarian Secretary of State Levente Magyar was held at the former’s request, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) said on Tuesday.

“We hereby specify that the audience held today, August 11, at the premises of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where Mr. Ambassador Micula was received by State Secretary Levente Magyar, took place at the request of the Romanian side, which was referred to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry yesterday, August 10, and not following a summons by the Hungarian Foreign Ministry. The Hungarian Foreign Ministry answered the request of the Romanian Embassy on August 11, fixing the audience for the same day,” read the clarifications sent to Agerpres.

The audience was requested following instructions given by the Romanian Foreign Ministry, that the stance of the Romanian side on the interview the Hungarian Ambassador in Bucharest gave Romania libera daily to be directly conveyed to the Hungarian officials.

“The Romanian Ambassador in Budapest conveyed the same messages as those the representative of the Romanian Foreign Ministry communicated yesterday, August 10, to the Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Hungary in Bucharest,” the same source added.

The Hungarian state-owned news agency MTI announced on Tuesday that the Hungarian Foreign Ministry had summoned the Romanian Ambassador in Budapest Victor Micula, in connection with statements made on Monday evening by Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta on the all-news channel Romania TV, according to which Hungary is trying “to provoke” Romania.

In a Monday interview with the television broadcaster, Premier Ponta referred to previous statements made by Hungarian Ambassador in Bucharest, Botond Zakonyi, on bilateral relations. According to MTI, Zakonyi said that these relations also depend on cooperation on infrastructure projects, but the Romanian side “fails to demonstrate sufficient goodwill” in dealings between the two countries.

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