Szijjarto: Trump and Orban share similar approaches in many issues

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Viktor Orban share very similar approaches to major global issues such as migration, terrorism, patriotism and support for Christian communities, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in an interview with Israeli news channel i24 News in New York.

Asked to comment on the Trump-Orban meeting held on Monday, Szijjarto said the US was a strategic ally to Hungary and the largest trade partner after the European Union, as well as the second largest investor in Hungary.

The meeting at the White House was very important to Hungary and it clearly showed the “chemistry” between the two leaders, he added in the interview broadcast on Tuesday local time. The atmosphere of the meeting was friendly and relaxed, and it lasted much longer than usual for such meetings, Szijjarto said.

He also said that the US and Hungary were on the same side when it came to taking a fair and balanced standpoint on Israel. The European Union has a different position from Hungary’s on many issues but the country is ready to break unity and raise a veto when necessary, he added.

He cited the example of the United Nations Human Rights Council and how Hungary had defied the majority in several instances when their position on Israel was not well-balanced.

Szijjarto also noted that Hungary had recently opened a trade representative in Jerusalem. In response to a question, he said moving the Hungarian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was not on the agenda for the time being. Szijjarto noted that Hungary maintained a strategic alliance and friendly relations with Israel. Hungary uses zero tolerance against anti-Semitism and it is “proud of its achievements”, he said. Holocaust denial can result in a prison sentence in Hungary. The government supports building and revamping synagogues, even beyond its borders, he added.

Source and photo: MTI

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