Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: One can not understand contemporary Polish history without understanding this terrible catastrophe, which the Smolensk catastrophe was

One can not understand contemporary Polish history without understanding this terrible, terribly exceptional catastrophe. The fact that our Hungarian brothers are not only trying to understand it, but also to commemorate it, thus building a bridge of remembrance for the past deserves the greatest gratitude, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during the Friday ceremony of unveiling the monument “Momento-Smolensk” in Budapest.

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Photo: W. Kompała / KPRM

I am in Budapest for the tenth time, but my first visit and today’s visit are particularly moving for me, said the head of the Polish government. 

The Prime Minister mentioned 16 June 1989, when Victor Orban was giving a speech in which he called on the Soviet Army to leave Hungary.

At that time I was the Heroes’ Square and I saw how this breeze of freedom extended to other countries and restored the freedom of all of Central and Eastern Europe, said the head of the Polish government.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that the Polish-Hungarian friendship and the well-known proverb Pole and Hungarian – two good friends are unique and testify to the closeness of both nations, and the unveiled monument is an expression of solidarity with the Polish nation.

As the Prime Minister said, the existence and the vigor of both our nations are very closely related and they mutually condition each other, condition each other for a better future. This common future is forged to a large extent in today’s Europe. He added that his participation in the ceremony of unveiling the monument of the victims of the Smolensk catastrophe “Momento-Smolensk” is particularly moving for him.

Strengthening the Polish-Hungarian friendship

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that he is full of admiration while looking at the way Hungary’s Prime Minister Victor Orban is fighting for a better Europe and better Hungary.

I believe that a better, more just, more free Europe may come out of Hungary. This way is certainly not easy, but when we look back 10-20 years, today we will see such monuments of freedom, truth and justice that used not to be there. That is why I deeply believe that thanks to Victor Orban, the Hungarian nation and Polish-Hungarian friendship, we will achieve a better Europe, the Prime Minister concluded.

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