Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on Wednesday thanked his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, for his country’s efforts to create peace in Ukraine.
In their phone call ahead of a meeting of central European foreign ministers in Vienna, Minister Szijjártó and Wang were in agreement that the conditions for peace would deteriorate by the day, so peace-making efforts have to be stepped up, he said in a post on Facebook. Minister Szijjártó said his Chinese “counterpart and friend” had expressed his appreciation for Hungary’s commitment to peace. He said they were also in agreement that cooperation between China and the European Union should be intensified rather than scaled back, as this would be detrimental to Europe. Hungary has become the number one European destination for Chinese EV industry investments, Minister Szijjártó said, adding Hungary was “proud of this since we secure all these investments amid incredibly fierce European competition”. These investments will allow the Hungarian economy to remain on a path of growth, he said. Minister Szijjártó said they had also discussed the upgrade of the Budapest-Belgrade railway line and assured each other of their commitment to complete the project.