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Feb 06, 2020

Foreign minister praises President Trump’s Middle East peace plan

The foreign minister said “new momentum” was needed in the Middle East peace process, highlighting its importance with regard to Europe and specifically Hungary’s security.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has praised US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan as one that could lead to long-term peace and stability in the region.

Following talks with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in Washington, Minister Szijjártó said the plan was in line with the Hungarian government’s principles regarding Israel, namely that the international community must apply a balanced approach to the country, that the achievement of a two-state solution must be based on direct talks and the need to carry on with the fight against terrorism.

According to MTI, the minister said “new momentum” was needed in the Middle East peace process, highlighting its importance with regard to Europe and specifically Hungary’s security.

Minister Szijjártó said Hungary does not support the imposition of trade embargoes against Israeli companies or that European Union institutions should give in to pressure from certain member states to represent an “anti-Israel” stance in the United Nations. It also opposes resolutions by the UN “that serve only to create tension,” he added.

The minister expressed hope that Israel and Palestine would be prepared to hold direct talks. Meanwhile, the minister warned that allowing terrorist groups to regain a hold in the region would set off new migration waves towards Europe.

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