Hungarian Deputy PM: Hungarians, Croats share close historical ties

The Hungarian and Croatian peoples are tied closely by their common history, including 800 years in a common state, Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen said while opening a Croatian kindergarten and school in Budapest on Thursday.

He recalled that the two countries grew closer again in the 1990s, at the time of wars in the former Yugoslavia, and that the Hungarian government was among the first to recognise Croatia's independence.

The government of Viktor Orban in the 21st century helped Croatia become a member of the EU, said Semjen.

He said that next week the two countries' presidents would meet in Szigeth, southern Hungary, to attend an event marking the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Szigeth between the Ottoman army and the defending forces of the Habsburg Monarchy under the leadership of Nikola Subic Zrinski, whom Hungarians call Miklos Zrinyi.

Data on the web site of the Croatian State Office for Croats Abroad shows that 26,774 people in Hungary declared themselves as Croats in a 2011 census.

Last update: Thu, 01/09/2016 - 13:34

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