The issue over the status of the Hungarian national anthem in Slovakia has been resolved, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign minister. The law that is in force from today makes clear that Hungarians and other nationals are free to sing their national anthem, Szijjártó told MTI. “We are ready to develop bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect,” he added.
The Slovak law banning the singing of national anthems of foreign countries had been submitted by the Slovak National Party. Andrei Danko, the party’s leader, reacted to a broad protest against measure by announcing in April an agreement within the ruling coalition to resolve the issue to everyone’s satisfaction so that there should be no disruptions to Slovak-Hungarian ties.