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May 10, 2018

Hungary's FM is hopeful that the Iran deal would endure with the remaining players involved

The foreign minister said Hungary has an interest in the deal’s survival and regrets the US decision to withdraw. “Hopefully it won’t be completely abolished,” he concluded

Hungary’s foreign minister has commented on the Iran nuclear agreement and said it is an international political achievement that would be a pity to ditch.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the reason the deal carries global and historic significance is because it was the most important agreement reached in the last decades where the United States and Russia sat at the same table.

While delivering a lecture at the National University of Public Service, the minister added that this deal had given hope when it comes to finding solutions to major global issues.

Minister Szijjártó said that from Europe’s point of view it was an international issue in which the EU genuinely plays an important role. So, it is right for Federica Mogherini, the EU’s chief diplomat, to take a stand on the issue.

He said that despite the withdrawal of the United States, he was hopeful that the Iran deal would endure with the remaining players involved in the agreement.

He added that Iran’s stability and involvement in international politics is important in terms of Europe’s security because it determines wider stability in the Middle East.

Minister Szijjártó said that Hungary agrees with the EU’s position and common statements, adding that he trusted there would be no return to the situation prior to the agreement.

He said Hungary has an interest in the deal’s survival and regrets the US decision to withdraw. “Hopefully it won’t be completely abolished,” he concluded.