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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has sent a letter to Volodymyr Zelensky congratulating him on his election as Ukraine’s new president. The Hungarian government will continue to work towards further developing Hungarian-Ukrainian relations, Orbán said. The prime minister said he was counting on Zelensky’s cooperation in that endeavour and looking forward to working with him. He wished the newly elected Ukrainian president much success in his work.

President János Áder in his letter congratulated Zelensky on “winning by a large margin” and said it was of primary importance to Hungary that its largest neighbour should be a stable, democratic and prosperous country. “The Hungarian people have always looked on with sympathy, and actively supported the Ukrainian nation’s aims to build an independent country based on European values and the harmonic coexistence of peoples and ethnic minorities,” Áder said in the letter. He expressed hope that Zelensky’s presidency would open a new chapter in the two countries’ relations, and that the ethnic Hungarian and Ukrainian minorities living in the two countries would “build the bridges” in those relations.