Zelensky may meet with Orban in late July

Zelensky may meet with Orban in late July

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The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Hungary have discussed at a meeting of the bilateral intergovernmental commission the prospects for holding a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar said this in an interview with the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

"The prospects for holding a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban have been discussed. Tentatively, it may be held at the end of July. The Hungarian side promised to provide its findings on the text of the memorandum, which we offered them during the visit of [Ukrainian Foreign] Minister Dmytro Kuleba to Budapest," Bodnar said.

He called the talks as part of the joint commission in Kyiv successful and constructive.

"The very fact of holding a commission meeting after a seven-year break is a certain impetus. The ministers personally agreed and signed a respective protocol. They agreed to facilitate the holding of two additional meetings of the commissions on national minorities and education in the coming weeks, and measures will be taken to prepare for [a meeting of] the cross-border commission on border infrastructure development," he said.

In addition, according to him, the parties reached an agreement on measures to overcome the effects of floods in Zakarpattia region.

"Our side has made a proposal to involve a general four-party Engineer Battalion Tisa whose task is to help the population during floods," he said.

Bodnar added that all issues have not been resolved, differences remain, but there are attempts to reduce them to a clear solution algorithm. He said one of the ways to address the issue of ensuring the rights of national minorities in the field of education was the improvement of Ukrainian legislation as part of the implementation of a recommendation of the Venice Commission, namely the development of a new law on national minorities.

"The adopted laws on education and the state language remain the red line for us. The rights of national minorities in education can be ensured in the context of private schools, and Ukrainian legislation can be improved as part of the implementation of one of the recommendations of the Venice Commission, namely the development of a new law on national minorities. These are the ways we can go further in dialogue with each other and in resolving existing problems, differences and rapprochement of our positions. With this in mind, we are going to a meeting between the president and the prime minister," he said.

Asked whether the parties would reach an agreement on education before the meeting between Zelensky and Orban, Bodnar said that progress was likely to be made.

"I think there will be progress. But whether the issue can be finally resolved, I would not rush to such conclusions. We are ready for constructive dialogue and a result, but this result must be mutually acceptable," he said.

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