Inteview with Gábor Vona about his visit to KazakhstanWed, 2014-09-03 09:33
We interviewed the president of Jobbik, who participated in an international conference in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. Gábor Vona talked about the "open to the East" policy of Fidesz, which he largely considers a PR hype and believes that Jobbik will find allies in Kazakhstan when it gets into government.
- You visited Kazakhstan last week. What was the purpose of your visit and who invited you?
- Indeed, last Wednesday I did fly to Astana, the ultramodern capital of Kazakhstan to participate in a conference celebrating the anniversary of the constitution. The event was organized by the country's Constitution Council (the equivalent institution of our Constitution Court). The invitation was sent by Mr. Igor Rogov, the chairman of the council.
- Who were the other participants of the conference?
- All the major figures of the Kazakh political sphere. The heads of the President's Office, two deputy prime ministers, eight ministers, all members of the Constitution Council, the leaders of the Supreme Court, the Chief Prosecutor, leaders of the national security office, fifteen members of the Kazakh Senate, eighteen members of the Kazakh House of Representatives, including several committee chairmen, the Mayor of Astana, university rectors and countless professors. In other words, whoever matters were there, except for President Nazarbaev. The president was attending the Putin-Poroshenko summit in Minsk at the time. There were foreign guests as well, of course. Several leading officials of the Eurasian Union as well as Russian, German, Slovenian, Polish, Bulgarian politicians and professors.
Gábor Vona in the Mazhilis, the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, with Rahmet Mukashev, the chairman of the legislation and justice committee and two MPs of the committee.
- Did you make a speech, too?
- I had the honour to be the second foreign speaker to address the conference, and I was also invited to the Parliament to meet a delegation of MPs led by the chairman of the legislation and justice committee.
- What was the topic of this meeting?
- Of course, the focus was on the mutual economic, cultural and political benefits lying in the Kazakh-Hungarian relations. I believe there is still a significant potential in them. The "open to the East" policy of the Hungarian government, which had been advocated by Jobbik ever since its establishment, improved the situation somewhat, but it is still more like a PR campaign than any real achievement. Even though the door is wide open. If I, the leader of an opposition party, was received with such heartfelt hospitality, you can imagine how welcome the Hungarian government would be. I am afraid, however, that there are only some small lobby groups trying to make money from this, instead of the government working to build strategic relations of nations. Kazakh people are our relatives, and their political situation is similar to ours in many ways. We could learn a lot from each other, and we could also help each other greatly.
- What do you consider as the most important achievement of your discussions in Kazakhstan?
- My meetings, especially the informal discussions convinced me yet again that most of the international political figures can read between the lines and know how to treat the lies of the media. I was also confirmed in my belief that Jobbik will have international allies to lead Hungary to an age of prosperity when we get into government.