|Luncheon In Honor Of Hungarian Leader Kallai|
Feb. 10, 1966
|It is gratifying to Us tonight to renew once more Our salutations of welcome to Our guest, the |
distinguished Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Hungary, Mr. Gyula Kallai. We ask you, Mr.
Chairman, to convey to the Government and people of Hungary, the sincere greetings and
sentiments of warm friendship of the Ethiopian people.
We know well that Ethiopia's good wishes are reciprocated for We retain happy memories of the
enthusiastic welcome and general hospitality which were accorded to Us at every hand during Our
most enjoyable visit to Hungary less than two years ago. Your visit, Mr. Chairman, forges another
important link in the bond of friendship which draws our two nations closer together. During the
course of your stay with Us, you will have the opportunity to view closely the culture and
traditions of Our ancient state and so better understand the unique role which Ethiopia has been
enable to fulfil in African and world affairs.
The distance which separates our two nations is no longer an excuse for remote and distant
relations. While there are vast differences in the historical experiences of our peoples, yet today
we are confronted with the same aspirations for the future of our peoples. The very diversity of the
world's peoples today constitutes oen of mankind's great resources; the different philosophies
with which nations approach their problems lead inevitably to development of a vast array of
methods and techniques. These variations are necessary, for each people must find solutions
which are responsive to its particular needs.
There are no universal panaceas for the problems of development with which the greater part of
mankind is today faced. Each nation will inevitalby pursue that course whcih appears best suited
to its own unique characteristics, but no nation can pursue its course in isolation and no nation can
develop and prosper with its back turned to the rest of the world in terms of trade, techniques,
resources and ideas. Each of us depends upon the other, can learn from the other and in pursuing
its own destiny will go further and succeed more quickly with others. Indeed, the free exchange of
support and ideas is an essential condition to world understanding and equally to world progress.
|The past ten years have witnessed the great awakening of this continent, Mr. Chairman. New |
states, each partaking of its own diverse culture and tradition have emerged and this gives Us
reason for rejoicing while at the same time we have to continue to struggle for the liberation of the
entire continent. Ethiopia's situation is particularly unique in the light of its centuries of
vigourously defended independence. Yet, we have recognized great common goals and ideals
which we share with our brethren throughout this continent and have striven energetically with
them to established and maintain that Organization of African Unity which serves us as the most
effective instrument for unity and co-operation.
Your visit to Ethiopia, Mr. Chairman, is symbolic of Hungary's acceptance of the same ideas which
have so guided our nations. We believe that this visit and the discussions which will ensue, will
open the way to further exchanges between our two peoples so that friendship between us will
grow and deepen from its auspicious beginnings.
We llok forward earnestly to even closer relations with the Hungarian Government and people.
We are confident that significant avenues of co-operation will be found along which our two
nations may together progress in furtherance of their common desire to provide a better and more
meaningful way of life for all.
We raise our glasse in toast to the lasting friendship between the Ethiopian and Hungarian peoples
to their common growth and happiness and prosperity, to the good health and long life of our
distinguished guest, His Excellency Mr. Kallai and Madam Kallai.
|Haile Selassie the First - February 10, 1966|