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Orban defends his ‘race-mixing’ comments as a ‘cultural standpoint’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his annual state of the nation speech in Varkert Bazaar conference hall of Budapest, Hungary, February 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Anna Szilagyi)
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his annual state of the nation speech in Varkert Bazaar conference hall of Budapest, Hungary, February 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Anna Szilagyi)

Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban defends his weekend comments against creating “peoples of mixed-race,” saying they represented a “cultural, civilizational standpoint.”

“It happens sometimes that I speak in a way that can be misunderstood… the position that I represent is a cultural, civilizational standpoint,” Orban tells reporters in a joint press conference with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer during a one-day visit in neighboring Austria.

Nehammer says the issue has been “resolved… amicably and in all clarity,” adding that his country “strongly condemned… any form of racism or antisemitism.”

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