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A once historic enmity between Hungary and Serbia has turned into a historic friendship between the two countries, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at a rally in Belgrade.

Addressing a gathering of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), Szijjártó said in Serbian: “The Hungarian nation today considers the Serbian nation their brother.” Szijjártó said the friendship that had developed between the two nations was thanks to Aleksandar Vučić, “your president”. “Under the leadership of your president, Serbia is treating the Hungarian community in Vojvodina in such a way that serves as a model for the whole world,” Szijjártó said. He said both countries faced similar challenges, including “unrestrained attacks by the international liberal mainstream” over their perseverance in standing up for their national interests. “They are attacking us because we want peace in Ukraine and reject participation in increasing the risk of the war’s escalation, and … reject any diktats from abroad over our affairs,” Szijjártó said. He said the attacks would not stop in the future, because the liberals “cannot digest that we Hungarians and Serbs follow our own national path and we are successful”. “But we are not going to yield to them, but will endure…” he said.