After a joint plenary meeting with Wang Yi, the director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary and China were both pro-peace regarding the war in Ukraine, and were ready to cooperate with “other peace-loving nations” to find diplomatic solutions to the conflict.
Minister Szijjártó added that Hungary, a neighboring country, has felt the fallout of the war especially strongly, also through the loss of Hungarian lives. Saving lives is only possible through an immediate ceasefire and peace talks, he said. “We are happy to see that China is also on the side of peace and peaceful solutions. Every day spent in war brings much trouble for Hungary, Europe … and the world,” he added. Wang also highlighted the importance of peace and lamented the “chaos and unrest in the world” and multiple wars in various regions. He also called for peace talks and diplomatic solutions to find an “acceptable and sustainable solution for all parties”. Wang welcomed that Hungary and China agreed on many issues and said China would like to further strengthen cooperation with Hungary and the European Union “to improve the quality of life”. He praised Hungary’s participation in China’s Belt and Road initiative, noting the revamping of the Budapest-Belgrade railway line in that framework. The friendly cooperation with Hungary will continue, and China will support Hungary in “finding the road to progress that’s most suited to its abilities,” he said.