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Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Tuesday thanked Slovakia's ethnic Hungarian Alliance party for creating a unified Hungarian political force in the country after "years of division".

Good bilateral ties are in Hungary’s interest, and the ethnic Hungarian community is the “bridge and an asset” in that process, Szijjártó told a press conference with Alliance leader Krisztián Forró in Borsa (Borsi). “Its contribution to developing Hungarian-Slovak ties will be all the more robust if it has parliamentary representation,” he said. The foreign minister welcomed the emergence of an allied ethnic Hungarian party, and pledged Hungary’s continued support for “the joint Hungarian-Slovak success story”. He thanked the politicians of Alliance, Most-Híd and MKP for “putting the interests of Hungarians first, even at the cost of personal compromise,” by entering and remaining in Alliance. “We wish you success for Saturday,” he said, referring to the general election. At the request of Alliance, Hungary will continue to support its key programmes helping Hungarians living in Slovakia, he said. At their meeting, Szijjártó and Forró reviewed the state of bilateral ties, the situation of ethnic Hungarians in Slovakia and the upcoming general election.