Szijjártó: Normalization of relations between Israel and Arab countries must continue 

The normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab countries must be continued along the lines of mutual benefits, something that is also important for the security of Hungary and Central Europe, said Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in New York on Thursday. 

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Szijjártó consulted with Jared Kushner, the son of former U.S. President Donald Trump and former Chief Adviser to the Middle East, on the occasion of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. The meeting focused on the Abraham Accords, a statement made jointly in 2020 by the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates but which also extended to the agreements under which the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan normalized their relations with Israel.

Péter Szijjártó emphasized that these agreements „after many decades of hopelessness, brought hope to the Middle East that things could go in the right direction, in the direction of peace, in the direction of peaceful coexistence, mutual benefit and respect.”

It would be good if the momentum created by these conventions did not fade and if it would be possible to involve other Arab countries in this circle, he emphasized. He added that Kushner and his team had established the Abraham Accords Institute for Peace in order to maintain the viability of the agreements, a goal he said was also supported by the Hungarian government in all international forums

“The security of Hungary and Central Europe and the Middle East are closely linked. If things in the Middle East point in the direction of security and peace, it is always good for Central Europe,” he said. 

The minister also reported that political cooperation between the United States and Hungary had “risen to unprecedented heights” under the previous U.S. government. This was also due to the fact that Donald Trump and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán thought similarly on a number of issues, such as migration, border protection, economic development, families and the importance of Christianity and the protection of Christian communities. 

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