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Mar 20, 2019

Hungary opens new trade mission in Jerusalem

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szíjjártó and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have opened Hungary's trade mission in Jerusalem

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szíjjártó and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have opened Hungary's trade mission in Jerusalem.

At the inauguration of the new trade mission, Minister Szíjjártó said Israeli companies develop and use cutting-edge technologies and it is in the interest of Hungarian companies and the economy as a whole to closely cooperate with them.

According to Rmx.news, Netanyahu said Israeli-Hungarian relations have never been so good and also thanked Hungary for representing Israeli interests in the European Union and consistently fighting anti-Semitism.

During his visit to Israel this February, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made a symbolic gesture towards Israel by announcing that it will open a trade mission in Jerusalem. Short of moving the country's embassy from Tel Aviv, this is the same gesture Bulgaria and the Czech Republic extended towards Israel.

While Israel considers Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the Palestinians have always opposed this as they, in turn, regard East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Stretching things a bit, Netanyahu said the trade mission could be considered a Jerusalem extension of Hungary's embassy in Tel Aviv.