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Viktor Orbán congratulated ex-PM Năstase on his 70th birthday

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán greeted Romanian politician Adrian Năstase on the occasion of his 70th birthday, Năstase posted on his website. Viktor Orbán has sent the former Romanian Prime Minister a letter and a selection of Hungarian wines, Năstase said. Adrian Năstase was the PM of Romania from December 2000 to December 2004.

“Today I received, on his request, the Hungarian ambassador to Bucharest, Mr. Botond Zákonyi. The ambassador wanted to hand me a congratulatory letter from Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, together with a selection of Hungarian wines, on the occasion of my 70th birthday. Almost 20 years have passed since the moment I met him and since, following the Romanian procedure, he had to modify the statutory law (ed. note: a law permitting Romanians to work in Hungary). We had, moreover, numerous controversies, but in a civilized way, taking into consideration the need for a climate of good neighborliness,” Mr. Năstase wrote on his website. Năstase also said that he finds Viktor Orbán’s gesture a “gesture of elegance and normality.”

Adrian Năstase and Viktor Orbán in 2001. Photo: https://adriannastase.ro/

“I am convinced that the declaration signed during your visit to Budapest in 2001, which made it possible for the statute law to be adopted, not only opened a new chapter in the history of our bilateral connections, but it oriented the Hungarian-Romanian relations toward a collaboration based on European values. That agreement would not have been possible to achieve without your constructive attitude, for which we are grateful up to this day. On behalf of the Hungarian government, I would like to assure you that the Romanian governments can always count on our support for work performed in our common European interest and collaborations based on mutual respect,” Viktor Orbán wrote in his letter.

After publishing the letter on his website, Năstase added that no one from the Romanian government had congratulated him on his birthday.

“PS: Don’t ask me if anyone from the Romanian government or from Cotroceni has sent me a similar letter. Draw your own conclusions…,” he wrote.

Photo: Adrian Năstase was the Prime Minister of Romania between 2000 and 2004. Photo: digi24.ro

Author: Orsi Sarány