Szijjarto: Avenue named after Budapest in Bangkok ‘proof of friendship’

The naming of an avenue after Budapest in Bangkok and the inauguration of the statue of Hungarian 19th century ethnologist Janos Xantus are proof of the long-standing friendship based on mutual respect between the two countries, the foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Peter Szijjarto expressed thanks to the local authorities at the inauguration ceremony, the ministry said in a statement.

Hungary and Thailand last year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, though ties “go back even further, with the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and the Kingdom of Siam forging ties 155 years ago,” he said. Xantus travelled frequently to South-East Asia in the 19th century, when it was not as simple a task as today, the minister added.

Szijjarto said friendship between the two countries should be broadened and strengthened.

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