Szijjártó: Serbia a better ’friend’ than Croatia

Int’l Relations

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Hungary has better relations with Serbia than Croatia, and its interests are to see neighboring Serbia as a strong and stable European Union country, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in an interview with Serbian daily Politika, the online version of Világgazdaság reported yesterday.

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Asked why Hungary chose to support Serbia and not Croatia in the course of disputes over the refugee crisis, Szijjártó said the Croatian prime minister had attacked Hungary in an “unacceptable and non-European way”, likening Hungary to a “fascist dictatorship”. Croatia had not been fair to Serbia either, he said.

“It is now clear that if someone attacks our Serbian friends we will defend them, because that is how friendships work,” Szijjártó said.

The foreign minister added that Hungary supports the acceleration of Serbia’s accession procedure to the EU. The border fence built on the Hungarian-Serbian border is not against the Serbian people and relations between their countries have never been better, Szijjártó said. There are still seven border crossing points between Hungary and Serbia and the aim is to make legal entry as easy as possible, he added.

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