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Ambassador gets Budapest's approval

There is no longer an obstacle to Juraj Migaš taking up the post of Slovak ambassador to Hungary, says news wire SITA.

Budapest has finally issued an agreement for the career diplomat, who was also Slovakia's ambassador to the EU. He has been waiting for confirmation of the post since July 14, but Budapest explained approval was delayed because President Ferenc Mádl had been on vacation.

The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), a member of the ruling coalition in Slovakia, appreciates that the ambassadorial post in Budapest will finally be filled after two years. However, it is unhappy that Migaš does not speak Hungarian.

SMK chairman Béla Bugár said that Migaš does not necessarily have to be able to speak Hungarian, but he should understand it. A Foreign Ministry source said that Migaš is already taking lessons in Hungarian.

Migaš will take up the post two years after his predecessor Štefan Markuš retired, who was ineligible to continue in the position. In line with the law on state service, he was compelled to retire after reaching 65, which was followed by a lengthy period to find a suitable candidate.

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