Relations between Hungary and Turkey have not been as close and peaceful as they are today, Secretary of State Levente Magyar of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in Budapest on Thursday.
At the ceremony at the Gulbaba Cultural Center in Budapest during the inauguration of the Gulbaba statue in Darvisch in the 16th century, Mr. Magyar said that Hungarians and Turks had thousands of years of kinship and centuries of friendship. He said he was tied. .. Thousands of years ago, Hungarians and Turks came to Europe from the same area, he said, saying that it was the Hungarians who stopped them when the Ottoman Empire tried to conquer Europe.
The battle was a matter of life and death for the Hungarians, the Secretary of State said.
However, after being released from the Ottoman rule, Hungarian leaders who fled the Austrian crackdown found a shelter in Turkey, Magyar pointed out, making Turkey the “most important friend” of the Hungarian national movement. He added. It showed that the early battle between the two was a power struggle, not a result of a deeper difference, he said. Since then, Hungarians and Turks have been loyal friends, he added.
Hungary eventually reconciled with the centuries-old struggle with the Turks, and the relationship between the two is now closer “in all areas of life.”
Magyar said. “History no longer causes a terrible storm that makes them hostile to each other,” he said. This is also symbolized by the statue of Gulbaba in Istanbul, which represents mutual respect between the Hungarians and the Turks, Magyar added.
The inauguration of the Galbaba statue in Istanbul was broadcast live at an event in Budapest. This statue is a replica of the statue that was opened in 1997 at the entrance of the Gulbaba Cultural Center and Exhibition Hall in Budapest.
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