Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó condemned the coup attempt in Turkey in the strongest possible terms on Sunday, July 17th.

At a press conference held at Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó denounced the coup attempt by faction of the Turkish army, referring to the events as "acts of terrorism.” Szijjártó added that, according to the latest information, no Hungarian citizens were injured or killed in the coup attempt in Turkey.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjárto at a press conference in Budapest's Ferenc Liszt Airport

The Foreign Minister stressed that Turkey remains a friend and irreplaceable strategic ally of Hungary, and it is therefore the duty of the Hungarian government to express its solidarity with the democratically elected government in Turkey and President Recep Erdoğan.

Szijjártó said that he recently spoke with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu, who provided assurances that the Turkish Government and the central forces have regained control of Ankara as well as the rest of the country.

Currently, 175 Hungarian citizens are registered living in Turkey via the consular services. Szijjártó urged all Hungarians who are currently residing Turkey to shelter in place: "do not to leave accommodation in Istanbul or Ankara if not absolutely necessary, and register via the Ministry’s consular line." The consular services will take calls around the clock for several more days, Szijjártó added.

Speaking in reference to Turkey’s travel rating, Szijjártó said he was not currently aware of any planned changes. According to expert evaluations, neither the general population nor the the pro-coup forces are likely to intentionally turn against foreigners in an organized fashion. If air travel out of Turkey is not restored in the immediate future, Szijjártó confirmed the Hungarian Foreign Ministry will be available to help Hungarians either rebook flights or, if necessary, evacuate the country.

In answer to another question, the Foreign Minister confidently said that such an event is unlikely to affect the relationship between Turkey and the EU, as Europe has a vested interest in a stable and democratic Turkey. "If possible, we must render our ties with Turkey’s democratically elected President and Government even closer now”, said Szijjártó.