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Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, after talks with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in Washington, praised US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan as one that could lead to long-term peace and stability in the region.
Speaking to MTI, Szijjártó said the plan was in line with the Hungarian government’s principles regarding Israel, namely that the international community must apply a balanced approach to the country, that the achievement of a two-state solution must be based on direct talks and the need to carry on with the fight against terrorism. He said “new momentum” was needed in the Middle East peace process, highlighting its importance with regard to Europe and specifically Hungary’s security.
Hungary does not support the imposition of trade embargoes against Israeli companies or that European Union institutions should give in to pressure from certain member states to represent an “anti-Israel” stance in the United Nations, Szijjártó said. It also opposes resolutions by the UN “that serve only to create tension”, he added. He expressed hope that Israel and Palestine would be prepared to hold direct talks. Meanwhile, the minister warned that allowing terrorist groups to regain a hold in the region would set off new migration waves towards Europe.