04/01/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/01/2021 06:54
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán congratulated Slovakia's new Prime Minister, and said thank you to departing premier
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sent a congratulatory message to Eduard Heger on his appointment as Prime Minister of Slovakia; in another message, he said thank you to departing Prime Minister Igor Matovic for Slovakia's excellent cooperation, Bertalan Havasi, the Deputy State Secretary heading the Press Office of the Prime Minister informed the Hungarian news agency MTI on Thursday.
Mr Orbán reassured new Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger that Hungary looks upon Slovakia as a key ally and a strategic partner. He wrote he was pleased that in recent years relations between the two countries had improved in every possible area. The Hungarian Prime Minister hopes for the further strengthening of wide-ranging cooperation, and believes, despite the extraordinary challenges posed by the pandemic, that 'together we will be able to maintain the role of the V4 Group as Europe's engine of growth'.
Mr Orbán expressed hope that soon he would have the opportunity to have talks with his new Slovak counterpart in person about topical political and economic issues.
Mr Orbán thanked departing Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic for the excellent cooperation which 'has proved its worth during these challenging times'.
'I am most sincerely grateful for your constructive approach which helped us conquer the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your considered decisions with which we were able to keep our borders open and to operate our economies. I especially appreciate the efforts you made for the ongoing strengthening of the V4 cooperation,' the Hungarian Prime Minister wrote, also recalling Hungary and Slovakia's joint projects, with special regard to the inauguration of the Monostor Bridge which has greatly contributed to tightening relations between the two countries and their citizens.