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Foreign Minister Reminding the UN of its Original Mission

MTI-Hungary Today 2023.09.19.
The world should seize the opportunity offered by the UN General Assembly to make peace in Ukraine, but this requires dialogue between the opposing parties, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in New York on Monday, arriving at the 78th UN General Assembly.

The Minister said that in connection with the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting scheduled for the afternoon on the occasion of the UN General Assembly, he anticipated his colleagues would warn everyone against meeting and engaging in dialogue with representatives of the Russian government. On the contrary, the Minister believes that “the UN was created so that parties who are at war with each other can at least talk to each other, because then there is hope that some kind of solution can be found, or at least that the situation does not deteriorate.”

The world should seize this one week to bring peace to Ukraine. Here are the Russians, here are the Ukrainians, here are the Americans, the French, everybody, and here would be an opportunity for everybody to talk to one another on a so-called neutral ground,”

he emphasized.

Péter Szijjártó arriving at the 78th UN General Assembly. Photo: Facebook/Szijjártó Péter

“I myself will of course be meeting the Russian Foreign Minister, scheduled for the second half of this week, and I would like to see as many of my Western European colleagues as possible do the same,” he added. He underlined that every day spent in war brings more death and destruction, and that the conditions for peace are steadily deteriorating.

He also welcomed the fact that the Visegrád Group is also holding talks on closer cooperation.

It is clear that we have different positions and approaches on peace, but there are also hundreds of thousands of other issues on which we are in absolute agreement and on which it is in the national interest to cooperate,”

he pointed out.

On Monday, Szijjártó attended the working session of the World Economic Forum, where he expressed regret that the war psychosis over the invasion of Ukraine has created a political atmosphere that could lead to a new blockade of the world. He believes that the people of Central Europe, the Hungarians, know exactly that this is particularly bad news.

In this context, he mentioned the automotive revolution, pointing out that Western manufacturers are heavily dependent on their Eastern suppliers for the transition to electric cars and that Hungary has successfully become a major meeting point for investments in this sector. The Minister concluded that the security situation is more serious than it has been in decades and that humanity is perhaps the closest to a third world war with fifty armed conflicts around the world, many of them having a high threat level.

Via MTI, Featured Image: Facebook/Szijjártó Péter

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