President Zuzana Čaputová has had a busy schedule with foreign partners in recent days. She visited Hungary on July 11, meeting her Hungarian counterpart János Áder.
Čaputová was welcomed in Hungary by a military parade. Both presidents agreed on the importance of solving the climate crisis. She also said that citizens of both countries are connected by high support of EU membership.
“I’m convinced that liberal democracy, which guarantees equal rights to all people, is the best way to protect all minorities that live in our country,” Čaputová said, as quoted by the Denník N daily.
Her speech during the press conference was full of courtesies and innuendos to the way PM Viktor Orbán rules in the country and his relation to both democracy and the EU. Though she did not directly criticise Orbán, her statements are clear in diplomatic language and were obviously directed towards Hungarian people, Denník N wrote.
Refusing conspiracy propaganda
She refused the comments of Hungarian media about her being an agent of George Soros. The American philanthropist of Hungarian origin is often accused by Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán of intervening in interior politics.
“It is a great lie,” she said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “I was confronted with this and other lies during the campaign. I think that every serious media should avoid spreading conspiracy propaganda.”
She also reminded that liberal democracy guarantees rights for all people and it is the best way to protect minorities that live in Slovakia.
Čaputová also met with PM Viktor Orbán, but without media being present. The meeting was not even included in the prime minister’s official programme, Denník N wrote.
A day before her visit to Hungary, Čaputová welcomed Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi. She expressed her worries about the worsening situation in a field of protection of human rights in China.
China defended itself against the criticism from Slovakia, the AFP newswire reported. The minister was talking about the “great progress” related to the policy of human rights, ethnic minorities and religion, spokesperson of the department Geng Shuang said.
12. Jul 2019 at 1:51 | Compiled by Spectator staff