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Slovakia rejects Hungarian foreign minister’s statements

Slovakia's Foreign Affairs´ Ministry has categorically rejected the latest statements by Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Kinga Göncz stating that hatred for foreign nationals is the rule in Slovakia, and that the Slovak government is responsible.

Slovakia's Foreign Affairs´ Ministry has categorically rejected the latest statements by Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Kinga Göncz stating that hatred for foreign nationals is the rule in Slovakia, and that the Slovak government is responsible.

"This statement does not correspond with reality, something which local and foreign information and analyses also proves, and therefore under different circumstances, there would be no need to pay attention to it," stated the ministry's press and communication department.

"It is striking that these statements come only a week after a bilateral meeting with Slovakia's Foreign Minister Ján Kubiš in Brussels initiated by the Hungarian side, which provided sufficient room for a discussion about all issues," said the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry, adding that Göncz did not mention hatred of foreign nationals at the meeting. The Slovak ministry said it was interested in a pragmatic and constructive dialogue between the two countries in the spirit of European values. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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