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Long live friendship between Poland and Hungary: President of Poland

“Best wishes to our Hungarian friends on Polish-Hungarian Friendship Day,” President Andrzej Duda wrote on Twitter in both Polish and Hungarian.

“Long live the friendship between our nations! I wish you health and a lot of strength to deal with the consequences of the pandemic,” President Duda added.

A Lengyel-Magyar Barátság Napja alkalmából a legjobb kívánságainkat küldjük magyar barátainknak 🇵🇱🇭🇺. Éljen a nemzeteinket összekötő barátság! Jó egészséget és sok erőt kívánunk a pandémia következményeinek leküzdéséhez.

— Kancelaria Prezydenta (@prezydentpl) March 23, 2021

“The Polish-Hungarian Friendship Day was an initiative of the late president Lech Kaczyński, adopted by parliaments of both countries in 2007. It emphasises the special character of relations between Poland and Hungary, their shared historical and cultural heritage,” said professor Maciej Szymanowski, the head of the Wacław Felczak Polish-Hungarian Cooperation Institute. “One such an example is the St. Mary’s Trumpet Call in Krakow which is a Hungarian melody,” he added.

“The warm feelings of Poles towards Hungarians and vice versa are common and it is reflected in various surveys. However, on average, our knowledge about each other’s history is not very deep. This is why the Felczak Institute was established. We want to popularise the knowledge about our shared history and heritage and support various joint social end economic events, as well as student exchanges,” he explained.

“A good evidence of close cooperation between Poland and Hungary are frequent visits of parliamentarians in each other’s countries. There are multiple joint projects that are being carried out. In the field of politics and economy, the major one is the Three Sea Initiative,” Krzysztof Szczerba from the Felczak Institute emphasised.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s celebrations could not take place in the same formula as in the years before.

“President Duda’s visit to Hungary was canceled. However, multiple events were organised online,” Mr Szczerba said.

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