Szijjarto on Jerusalem: We don’t align our policy with third parties

Hungary has its own clear standpoint on the Middle East and the government does not adjust its foreign policy to that of other actors on the international stage, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday in connection with the status of Jerusalem.

At a hearing of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Szijjarto responded to the body’s (Jobbik) deputy chairman, Marton Gyongyosi, who accused the government of ducking the issue of US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by talking only about economic ties between the EU and Israel.

“It is not ducking the issue if we do not align our foreign policy with third parties,”

the minister replied to the lawmaker.

“Hungary has a clear position on the Middle East, although we are not going to dictate what goes on there, even if we have wishes for peace and everyone living amid safety,”

he said, adding that

“just because a third party makes an announcement does not mean I must rush to respond; this I don’t accept. There was no ducking since there was no change on our part.”

Source and photo: MTI

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