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SZIJJÁRTÓ HAS TALKS IN KIEV

Hungary’s foreign minister presented a proposal to Ukrainian government officials concerning Ukrainian language education for minorities and the preservation of ethnic Hungarians' mother tongue in Transcarpathia.
 

After talks with Deputy Premier Dmytro Kuleba, Péter Szijjártó told a press conference, “We understand Ukraine’s expectation to ensure that every citizen should be able to speak Ukrainian and we also want to ensure that ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia be able to preserve their mother tongue. Both goals can be achieved simultaneously.”
He confirmed Hungary’s vested interest in rebuilding good neighbourly relations with Ukraine.
“We would like to build up some pragmatic success stories which could help rebuild good relations,” he added. “This is why we have invited an intergovernmental cooperation committee meeting in Budapest in March,” he said. Szijjártó and Koleba agreed that after a hiatus of seven years it is high time for the committee to meet again.
In the meeting, Budapest would like to agree on opening at least one new border crossing, he said. Further targets include agreements on the use of a Hungarian infrastructure credit line offered previously, developing agricultural and veterinary cooperation and the mutual acceptance of academic degrees, he added.