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14th December, 2018

Szijjártó opens consulates in UK

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó formally opened a Hungarian consulate in Manchester, England and another in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday.

In a speech in Manchester, Szijjártó observed that the approximately 70,000 Hungarian students in northern England – 30,000 of them in the Manchester region and 10,000 in the city itself – have until now had to go to London to take care of official Hungary-related matters.

He underlined that Hungary is sorry to see Great Britain leave the EU, as it is an ally and friend of Hungary, and provides common-sense responses to challenges affecting Europe, but will do its best to preserve the closest possible co-operation with the UK.

Szijjártó also opened a consulate in Edinburgh to help boost Hungarian-Scottish relations. He said about 10,000 Hungarians live in or near Edinburgh.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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