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Culture minister marks 1956 anniversary in US

Janos Csak, Hungary's minister of culture and innovation, attended a commemoration of the anniversary of Hungary's anti-Soviet revolt of 1956, in Washington late on Friday.

In his address, Csak said the failed revolution was a historic development “that serves as a basis for cooperation between the US and Hungary”. The events of 1956 “lend two such freedom-loving peoples enough ammunition for cooperation” especially with regard to “Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the terrorist attack against Israel”.

In an interview to MTI, the minister said Hungary had a great interest in achieving peace in both conflicts. Hungary has sympathy for both countries, he said, noting Ukraine’s ethnic Hungarian community of 150,000, and some 300,000 Israelis of Hungarian origin.

At the ceremony, Csak recognised Peter Gajary, head of the Hungarian-American Cultural Association with the Order of Merit of Hungary, Knight’s Cross.

The celebration was attended by Szabolcs Takacs, Hungary’s ambassador to the US, a representative of the US foreign ministry, diplomats, and leaders of local Hungarian organisations.

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