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Szijjarto in London: Everything must be done for Hungarian nation’s survival

Everything possible must be done to ensure the survival of the Hungarian nation, Peter Szijjarto, the foreign minister, said in London on Wednesday, underlining the need to preserve the Hungarian communities in Hungary, the Carpathian Basin and the diaspora.

Addressing the inauguration of a new building of the Hungarian Children and Parents Group, Szijjarto said Hungarians had a duty to do everything in their power to help preserve Hungarian identity wherever they may live in the world.

“The reason this is a complex task, even in terms of geography, is that our job isn’t just to preserve the Hungarian nation in the motherland and the Carpathian Basin, but we also have to focus at least as much on preserving the Hungarian diaspora communities,” Szijjarto said.

“It calls for a strong motherland that is successful in taking on this mission, and, of course, a self-conscious and proud Hungarian nation that embraces and represents its own national values even in the face of headwinds.”

Policy for Hungarians beyond the border lies at the heart of Hungarian foreign policy and is based on the idea that “Hungarians are responsible for each other no matter where they live”, Szijjarto said.

“And the farther away one lives form the motherland, the more important communities become,” he said. “As long as our communities exist and stick together, it is safe to plan for the future.”

The minister said this required institutions like the House of Hungarians in central London whose building the government purchased in 2022 and which will be home to the Hungarian Children and Parents Group.

Szijjarto thanked the school’s weekend volunteer teachers for their contributions to helping children preserve their Hungarian identity and the parents for enrolling some 60 children in the school.

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