WORLD Hungarian PM shows strong support for Croatia's Schengen entry

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Hungarian PM shows strong support for Croatia's Schengen entry

Xinhua

07:06, November 29, 2019

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ZAGREB, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday in Osijek, Croatia that Hungary fully supports Croatia's Schengen entry which will clear the last obstacle to the free flow of business, culture, and sports between the two countries.

Once it takes place, he said, the south part of Hungary and the north part of Croatia will again become a center of the world, Croatian national agency Hina reports.

Orban, alongside his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic, opened a newly-built student dormitory at the Hungarian Educational and Cultural Centre in Osijek, a city in eastern Croatia. He recalled that 100 years ago Croatia's Slavonia and the Hungarian county of Baranya used to be the richest parts in the region. He stressed that they could soar again.

"I simply don't believe that if we already managed to accomplish something in the course of history, we wouldn't be able to repeat again. I believe that it will happen once again that people will be envious of the Hungarian county of Baranya and Slavonia in Croatia," Orban said.

Plenkovic noted that Croatia and Hungary are friends and neighbors and that the Hungarians living in Croatia and the Croats living in Hungary are the best link between two countries. He stressed that both governments have the duty to take care of minorities and preserve the identity, culture, education, and tradition of the two communities.

Orban said emigration has become fashionable today and that it is not only a problem in Hungary but Croatia as well. He sent a message to all young people in the two countries that both governments are working to make the two countries worth return to. It's not a problem that young people are leaving to learn more, he said, but they have to realize the most important thing in life is to have a homeland where they can return and where they are not foreigners.


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