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PM Ponta: Gov’t cannot endlessly tolerate Hungarian Ambassador’s unacceptable slippages

Prime Minister Victor Ponta stresses that the Government of Romania cannot “endlessly tolerate the unacceptable slippages” of the Hungarian Ambassador in Bucharest.

“I don’t want to fall into the trap of provocations from Budapest, but the Romanian Government cannot endlessly tolerate the unacceptable slippages of the Hungarian Ambassador in Bucharest, or of other Hungarian officials who visit our country! The stance expressed by the Romanian Foreign Ministry was extremely balanced and consistent with European regulations and standards,” the Prime Minister wrote on Tuesday on Facebook.

Ponta adds that he respects the Hungarian people, but he doesn’t wait for “Budapest’s approval” to voice his opinions about his own country.

“And yet another necessary clarification – I respect Hungary and the Hungarian people, but I don’t need to get Budapest’s approval to voice my legitimate opinions about my country – I am not under pressure from EPP leaders (as unfortunately some of my Romanian fellow politicians are) to close my eyes and obediently swallow such slippages from the diplomatic regulations and customary respect between two countries,” Ponta wrote.

Romanian Ambassador in Budapest Victor Micula had on August 11 an audience with Secretary of State with the Hungarian Foreign Ministry Levente Magyar, at his own request.

“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 by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the cited source, 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.

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