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SZIJJÁRTÓ: PEACE IN UKRAINE, STABILITY OF AREAS SURROUNDING EUROPE HIGHLY IMPORTANT

 

In addition to peace in Ukraine, preserving the stability of areas surrounding Europe is highly important for Hungary, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Friday after talks with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. He said on Facebook that Iran’s role had changed and the country’s importance had grown as a consequence of crises that developed in “this part of the world”. This is demonstrated by the talks on the nuclear agreement and the Russian-Turkish-Iranian summit held in Tehran in recent days, he added. “In this part of the world, we are facing a serious food and energy supply crisis, and Iran playing a constructive role could help resolve them,” he added. “Hungary supports talks on enabling nuclear cooperation and Ukrainian grain exports,” he added. Szijjártó told his Iranian counterpart that “for us, being a neighbouring country, the war in Ukraine is very bad, we want peace because unless peace arrives soon, the war will have increasingly tragic consequences”. The food crisis threatens the stability of several areas in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, resulting in the threat of severe migratory pressure, Szijjártó said. Bilateral cooperation between Iran and Hungary has developed significantly in the recent period thanks to some 2,000 Iranian students attending Hungarian universities, he said.