Hungary considers Israel an ally and will “do everything to ensure that our friends, at last, receive fair treatment in international organizations,” Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Facebook early on Thursday, after a phone conversation with Yair Lapid, his Israeli counterpart, who is expected to become Israel’s next (interim) prime minister.
In his post, Szijjártó said that Israel’s already turbulent domestic politics has “once again picked up.”
The Hungarian Foreign Minister’s comment reflects the fragile political situation in Israel as the country’s fractious governing coalition recently announced that it will dissolve the parliament, the Knesset, and the government will disband. As a result, the country is set to hold elections for the fifth time in just three years.
“My colleague, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is expected to take over as prime minister next week. We spoke on the phone last night and reviewed bilateral relations,” Péter Szijjártó said.
“A closer cooperation between the EU and Israel would be good,” said Szijjártó, adding that the Hungarian government would urge convening the EU’s association council as early as possible.
Hungary is a committed supporter of endeavors for peace and the fight against terrorism, Szijjártó emphasized.
“We are proud that the Hungarian Jewish community is safe and the country has zero tolerance for anti-Semitism,” the minister added.
Featured image via Péter Szijjártó’s Facebook page