Well-wishes from abroad on St. István’s Day

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On this national holiday, well-wishes to Hungarian leaders are coming in from various international locations, including the Middle East, Europe and, naturally, the United States.

On this national holiday, well-wishes to Hungarian leaders are coming in from various international locations, including the Middle East, Europe and, naturally, the United States.

At least three national press agencies in Arab nations are reporting congratulatory messages to Hungary: From Bahrain, President János Áder has received a cable from King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa which expresses “utmost felicitations and best wishes of abundant health and well-being” to the president along with “wishing the friendly Hungarian people further progress and prosperity.”

Cables from Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Deputy Emir/Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Prime Minister/Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani were also dispatched to Hungary.

From Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko sent Áder kind words, stating that “Implementation of the existing opportunities to strengthen economic and cultural ties between Belarus and Hungary will fully meet the interests of the two nations.”

And from the U.S. State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry referenced the Hungarian side of his lineage in a communiqué posted to the department’s official website. Kerry wrote that the holiday “holds personal meaning for me, as I remember my grandmother’s roots in your country.”

He added that “Among his many contributions to the Hungarian nation, Saint Stephen worked to build and strengthen Hungary’s ties with its Western neighbors, laying a foundation for the strong relationship we share with Hungary today.

“That tradition of regional leadership lives on as Hungary holds the presidency of the Visegrad Group this year and Hungarian troops served in joint NATO missions from Kosovo to Afghanistan and beyond. The United States looks forward to continuing our work in pursuit of common goals.”

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