Hungarian foreign minister praises Indonesian democracy

26 April, 2012 | Source: Republika

Foreign minister of Hungary, János Martonyi has given a lecture in front of several hundred students of foreign relations at the Paramadina University in Jakarta. The lecture was held as part of the minister’s one day work-visit in Indonesia.

Martonyi has praised Indonesia as a unique and fascinating country: ‛You should be proud of your country as it has not only been successful in maintaining a democratic establishment but recently it has made a significant progress in the field of economy and also in the field of educating skilled workforce.’ – said Martonyi to the public of Indonesian students in his lecture entitled ‛Eurpoe-Asia Relations in the Light of Strategic Ties Between the two Continents’.

Martonyi has noted that Indonesia has become a key player in the politics of the region, refering the role that the country has played in Myanmar and it’s mediating efforts in the conflict between Cambodia and Thailand.

‛Indonesia is an important figure in the world politics. I am honestly impressed by the progress that the country has made’ – added the minister.

‛As every country, Hungary has its problems. The biggest difficulty that concerns our country today is the financial crisis that has fallen upon the entire European region. The way out of the crisis is the way forward. We have to continue pursuing progress. The economy has to grow and we should keep our confidence in the country and the countries that our fate is tied with. Optimism is vital in the strife for welfare and democracy.’ – he added.

Hungary is doing everything in its power to surmount the difficulties. However the country also hopes for help from the International Monetary Fund.

After speaking about internal issues of his country, the minister talked about the plans and prospects of Hungary’s foreign relations. He said that Hungary realizes the potential of the Asian market and hopes to develop its connections with Indonesia in a number of different fields.

This visit to Indonesia was the first from minister János Martonyi, who has also met with his Indonesian counterpart, Marty Natalegawa. The two have signed an agreement about abolishing the visa requirements for owners of diplomatic and service passports.of the two country.

 

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