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Katalin Novák's speech at the UN Security Council meeting

Mr. President,

I would like to thank You personally, Mr. Edi Rama Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania for taking the effort to initiate this open debate.
Open debates create for us, non member countries of the Security Council an opportunity to express our views on issues impacting our world. 
Our position is clear: the Russian Federation has crossed the Rubicon with the invasion of an independent and sovereign state, a member of the international community, and the member of the family of the United Nations. Our goal is a lasting, just peace in Ukraine.

Katalin Novák's speech at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly

Of the people, by the people, for the people. 

We all know the most famous words of the Gettysburg Address. However, fewer people know that Abraham Lincoln borrowed these words from one of the greatest Hungarians, Lajos Kossuth, the leader of our 1848 War of Independence. Who was born on this very day, 19 September. 

Dear Chair, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

"All for the people, and all by the people. Nothing about the people without the people." This is the main purpose of the sovereign Hungarian state and the guarantee of our freedom. 

Katalin Novák's speech at the Crimean Platform

Dear president, Dear colleagues!


Press release by President of Hungary Katalin Novák

The law on the new career path for teachers has been adopted by the National Assembly. The most controversial points of what came to be known as the "status law" in the form in which it was originally submitted for debate and rightly criticised by many, are no longer included in the adopted legislation, or are included with substantiveamendments. As a result, this law is already different in content from the one that had sparked the protest. 

Statement by the President of Hungary on the injured Hungarian soldiers serving in KFOR

As the Commander-in-Chief of the Army, I wish a speedy recovery to all the soldiers injured in Kosovo while serving with the Hungarian Defence Forces NATO peacekeeping force.

Address by President of Hungary Katalin Novák on Hungarian Defence Day

This year, the Hungarian Defence Forces celebrate their 175th anniversary. On Hungarian Defence Day, as Commander-in-Chief, I salute our forces and our servicemen!


Open days at Sándor Palace

A year ago, at my inauguration, I promised to „open doors” for Hungary in the international arena, as well as at home, between Hungarians. 

This is also why on the anniversary, Sándor Palace welcomed those interested with open gates. Thus, thousands have seen the palace this year as well.

I thank all those who came to visit, young and old, residents of the countryside and the capital, supporters of the opposition or the government, people from all walks of life.

This day proved again that Sándor Palace is open to all.

My presidency is about the Hungarian people

My presidency is about the Hungarian people, and I would like them to feel that I am working as the President of all Hungarians. My next four years will also be about them. - said President of Hungary Katalin Novák on the occasion of the first anniversary of her inauguration at Sándor Palace in Budapest on Wednesday. 

Diplomacy power house at Sándor Palace

President of Hungary Katalin Novák received the credentials of Dr. Haitham Saleh Elayyan Abu Alfoul, Jordan’s new ambassador to Budapest. 

The Head of State also appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Antal Heizer to head Hungary's Embassy in Kiev, Dr György Urkuti to head Hungary's Embassy in Riga, and Mrs Szilágyi née Edit Bátorfi to head the Embassy in Vienna. 


Direct the spotlight where there is less light! – Interview with Katalin Novák in the newspaper Nógrád Megyei Hírlap

After three days, twenty one programmes, several hundred handshakes, thousands of photos with local residents and countless informal discussions, you spoke about Nógrád with the same enthusiasm as on the day when you arrived. With President of Hungary Katalin Novák we discussed the experiences of her visit and current issues of our region at one of the last stops of her visit, Rimóc.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung interview with Katalin Novák

Katalin Novák, President of Hungary: „The sanctions have hurt us more than they have hurt Russia”
Budapest supports Western policy only reluctantly and is hesitant to engage in a tough confrontation with Moscow. President Katalin Novák is committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and supports a rational approach to sanctions.
(Daniel Imwinkelried and Ivo Mijnssen, Budapest, 8 June 2023) interview with President of Hungary Katalin Novák

Where has she contradicted Viktor Orbán? Is her conscience clear after she reprieved György Budaházy? Has she told the Pope that she is releasing the perpetrators of terrorist acts on his behalf? Is she really the good cop of the System of National Cooperation? Would she be on good terms with the Prime Minister even if her name was Klára Dobrev? Can one be independent of the person whose initials one formerly wore as earrings? What has Orbán taught her? Does she argue with him? And why does she need a piano worth nearly 70 million in her office?

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Katalin Novák presented appointments and promotions at Sándor Palace

President of Hungary Katalin Novák – on a proposal by Hungary’s Minister of Defence  – appointed Lieutenant General Dr. Gábor Böröndi Chief of the Defence Staff for five years, with effect from 4 May 2023. 

The President of Hungary – on a proposal by the Prime Minister – appointed Zsolt Barthel-Rúzsa State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, with effect from 1 May 2023. 

Open Days at Sándor-Palace – 13-14 May 2023

On the first anniversary of the inauguration of President of Hungary Katalin Novák, Sándor-Palace will be open to visitors again. Sándor Palace will open its doors to the public on 13 and 14 May, on Saturday and Sunday. On both days, visitors can visit the building housing the Office of the Head of State from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Pope Francis' visit was a joyful celebration, an occasion when it was good to be Hungarian

In her interview given to public media, Katalin Novák called the three-day visit of Pope Francis a joyful celebration, when it was "good to be Hungarian". She emphasized that the visit was important, uplifting and a source of pride not only for believing Catholics, but for all Hungarians without exception. Pope Francis brought the Hungarians closer to one another and to Jesus Christ – the President of Hungary assessed the visit of the Catholic Pontiff to Hungary in her interview broadcast on television channel M1.

Katalin Novák to attend the coronation of King Charles III

President of Hungary Katalin Novák will attend the coronation of British monarch King Charles III at the weekend. 

The Hungarian Head of State, accepting the invitation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, will travel to London on Friday to attend the coronation of the Royal Couple at Westminster Abbey. 

„I would like to express my high regard for the Royal Couple and further strengthen the alliance between Hungary and the United Kingdom also in this way” – Katalin Novák said.

Pope Francis: we need peace, a future of cradles, not of graves

Be open gates! – this is what Pope Francis asked of the worshippers at the Holy Mass conducted in Kossuth Square in Budapest on Sunday. At the end of the ceremony, the Catholic Pontiff asked world leaders to build peace, praying for a future of cradles and not graves.

The Holy Mass was attended by President of Hungary Katalin Novák, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Speaker of the National Assembly László Kövér and several members of the government.

Address by Katalin Novák at the welcome ceremony for Pope Francis

Santo Padre,
¡Dios nos ha traído a Usted, el Hombre de la Paz, a Hungría!
¡Bienvenido! En húngaro se dice: "Isten hozta" y literalmente significa: Dios nos ha traído a Usted para estar con nosotros.

Most Holy Father!
Most Holy Father, Man of Peace!
A warm welcome to Hungary! 

Pope Francis brings the message of peace – The interview of Die Tagespost with Katalin Novák

President of Hungary Katalin Novák called the visit of Pope Francis to Hungary an honour for all Hungarians. In the interview published in Germany’s Catholic weekly Die Tagespost on Thursday, the President stressed that in the shadow of the war in Ukraine, the Church and its Pontiff brings the message of peace, encouragement and hope.

Press release from Sándor Palace

The week of the Pope’s visit is a special occasion for the Head of State to exercise her power of mercy. 

For this reason, the President of Hungary decided to grant mercy in a broad circle on this occasion. 

The President of Hungary also pardoned, among others, those convicted with a final judgement in the case known as the Hunnia trial, for whom she decided to suspend their prison sentences. 


The future belongs to the Man of Peace – Interview with President of Hungary Katalin Novák in the Catholic Weekly Új Ember (New Man)

Pope Francis, accepting the invitation of state and church authorities, will pay an apostolic visit to Hungary from 28 April to 30 April. On this occasion, we visited President of Hungary Katalin Novák in her office, asking her about family, faith, education, the protection of Divine Creation, and the upcoming visit of the Holy Father.

Katalin Novák held a presentation on the role of diplomacy at Hungary’s National University of Public Service

Katalin Novák also spoke about the role of diplomacy, the importance of language skills in one-on-one meetings and the Stipendium Peregrinum programme at the National University of Public Service in Budapest.

At the event entitled “The Role of the President of Hungary in diplomacy” organised by the university, Katalin Novák said: her first trip as president was to Warsaw, which was not an official visit, but in order to improve the currently sensitive bilateral relations between the two countries, Poland was the destination she wanted to visit first of all.