Hungary’s permanent representative to the UN Katalin Bogyay told Hungarian news agency MTI that Hungary abstained on a United Nations General Assembly vote to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Ambassador Bogyay explained that Hungary is not commenting the United States’ foreign policy decisions, its standpoint on the Middle East peace process hasn’t changed. She informed MTI that the Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Latvia and Romania also abstained.
Earlier, Hungary blocked an EU statement on Wednesday (6 December) that was to have voiced “serious concern” regarding US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, diplomatic sources told EUObserver. The EU statement was to have been issued on behalf of all 28 member states, but due to Hungary’s opposition it was downgraded to a statement by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini only.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban denied press information regarding Hungary’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem. At the European Council summit on 14-15 December, Orban told journalists that he successfully represented Hungary’s position in the lengthy, serious and interesting debate about Jerusalem. According to the Prime Minister, the EU doesn’t necessarily have to take a stance on the issue following the American decision. He said that a compromise was reached in the debate, according to which the EU should maintain its position on the Middle East. Orban added that any other interpretations or further conclusions regarding their decision are false.