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The Hungarian government will open a foreign trade representation in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, adding that the move is “another step towards building closer Hungary-Israel ties”.

After talks with Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Orbán told a joint press conference that he had briefed his Israeli counterpart about the upcoming European parliamentary elections, “an important goal of which will be to rein in anti-Semitism in Europe”. He said that after the elections, new European leaders should emerge “who don’t finance NGOs that meddle in political affairs and promote an anti-Israel position”. Concerning Poland’s boycott of the Visegrad Group-Israel summit, Orbán said that “it would have been better had everybody turned up”. He noted close cooperation between Hungary and Poland, and expressed hope that “Poland and Israel will discuss and resolve the situation”.

Concerning bilateral ties with Israel, Orbán said the two countries promoted shared positions in several international organisations, including the UN.

Netanyahu noted shared aspects of the history of the two countries. Both countries, he added, seek to build a future based on peace, freedom and prosperity, which he called “a strong bilateral bond”.