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Serbia is becoming stronger thanks to the fact that “its leaders have not neglected their country’s national interests”, the Hungarian foreign minister told a rally of the Serbian president in Belgrade over the weekend. “We can establish that Serbs and Hungarians stand today as friends and relations between Serbia and Hungary have never been this good,” Péter Szijjártó told the event. He said central Europe was also becoming stronger and to become even stronger the region needed a strong Serbia. Political stability is particularly important for both countries, he said, adding that Hungarians had great respect for President Aleksandar Vučić who he said regarded Serbia’s Vojvodina Hungarians “a resource”.

Szijjártó also voiced his support for Serbia’s EU integration endeavours. “If it depended on us, Serbia would become a member of the EU as of tomorrow,” he said, adding that the bloc would become even stronger with Serbia’s accession. The rally organised as part of Vučić’s “Future of Serbia” campaign was attended by an estimated 100,000 people.