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Hungarian-Israeli Relations at All-time High

Mariann Őry 2023.06.01.
Eli Kohen Szijjártó Israel

The political and economic relations between Hungary and Israel are stronger than ever, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in Budapest on Wednesday at a joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart, Eli Kohen.

He stressed that cooperation between the two countries has always been characterized by mutual respect, and that Hungary has always supported the right of the Jewish state to self-defense and to guarantee security.

We condemn all the terror threats and terrorist attacks that Israel has faced in the recent past, and we equally condemn the practice in international political organizations of adopting statements of condemnation against Israel on the basis of a one-sided, biased and unfair attitude,”

he said. According to Péter Szijjártó, the government will continue to push for a balanced and fair approach in international organizations, including within the UN.

The minister also announced that Hungary decided to intervene on Israel’s behalf in the international court proceedings brought by the Palestinian Authority against Israel.

Eli Kohen expressed his gratitude for Hungary’s support for his country in the international community and for its consistent support for Israel as a friend. “I would also like to thank the Hungarian government for its zero tolerance towards anti-Semitism. We appreciate this very much and thank you very much for your attitude towards the Jewish community,” he said.

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Szijjártó pointed out on Facebook that Eli Kohen is the first Israeli Foreign Minister he welcomed in Budapest since he has been in office, which is already nine years. In the evening, they had dinner in Dunakeszi, near Budapest, where the Hungarian Minister lives.

Szijjártó and Kohen also went to see the AS Roma – Sevilla football game together.

Featured photo via Facebook/Szijjártó Péter 

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