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Szijjártó: Hungary is surrounded by respect in the White House
Hungary, the Hungarian government, the Hungarian Prime Minister are clearly respected, appreciated and supported in the White House, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade said on Tuesday night on his Facebook page.
Peter Szijjártó said after attending the signing ceremony of a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as the only EU foreign minister in Washington.
According to the Minister, the event held in the garden of the White House could be published in the pages of history books. Two agreements have been signed, which could open a whole new chapter, peace and terrorism could be replaced by peace. This, as he emphasized, is also important because security in the Middle East also affects Europe's security situation.
The minister believed that US President Donald Trump had delivered a performance, bringing to the roof agreements that not many would have thought. “They usually get the Nobel Peace Prize for that,” he noted.
During the trip, the Secretary of State had several discussions, including with U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Mark Meadows, Chief of Staff to Donald Trump.
Péter Szijjártó emphasized: the relationship between Hungary and the United States has never been so good. Both Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Donald Trump speak honestly and clearly about their vision, hypocrisy is not typical of any of them, and this creates an opportunity for excellent cooperation.
Furthermore, they both take a firm stand against illegal migration, think similarly about protecting Christian communities, supporting families, and agree on world policy issues.
During the Foreign Minister's trip, an agreement was also signed between the largest privately owned listed space research company and the Hungarian government.
On energy issues, Péter Szijjártó said: In Washington, they acknowledged that Hungary had agreed with Shell on a long-term gas purchase scheme. Péter Szijjártó emphasized that it is of paramount importance for Hungary to be able to obtain natural gas from as many sources and as many routes as possible.
Péter Szijjártó also met with David Cornstein, who will end his work as ambassador to Budapest and return to the United States in November.
In this connection, the Minister also said that according to his proposal, which was accepted by Viktor Orbán, Szabolcs Takács, the Ministerial Commissioner responsible for coordinating the management of Brexit's foreign policy and foreign economic effects on Hungary, could be Hungary's next Ambassador to Washington.
The Hungarian strategy brings diplomatic success.
The UAE, Bahrain and Israel signed a historic peace agreement at the White House on Tuesday.
“I remember what a few years ago there was still a crying cry in the international mainstream liberal press about the relationship between Hungary and the United States being far from ideal. Fortunately, the situation is different today, ”said Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó to Washington to attend the signing ceremony of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel peace agreement. At the ceremony at the White House, US President Donald Trump hosted just over 700 people, including Peter Szijjártó, the only one from the European Union at the level of Secretary of State.
In the 72 years of Israel’s existence, so far only two Arab countries have settled their relations with the Jewish state. Egypt made peace first in 1979 and then a quarter of a century later, and the agreements were then awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Another 26 years had to pass before the United Arab Emirates decided on 13 August, and then just 29 days later, Bahrain, to normalize their relations with Israel. After the announcement, the Hungarian head of ministry was among the first to consult with the Foreign Minister of the Emirates, Sheikh Abdallah bin Zajid Al Nahajan, and he did not visit Abu Dhabi in person for much time.
- If there is peace and stability in the Middle East, there is a good chance that no further waves of migration towards Europe will start
The telegram office quoted Peter Szijjártó from Washington as reiterating his support for the US Middle East peace plan and rejecting the double standard often applied to Israel. The Secretary of State also used the visit for some bilateral talks, in consultation with U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Mark Meadows, Chief of Staff to President Donald Trump. During the day, he even signed a deal with space company Virgin Galactic and negotiated with Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and advisor.
- The agreement is historic in that it lays the foundations for the first two genuine diplomatic relations between Israel and two Arab states, rather than “cold peace” and mostly secret security cooperation, as is the case for Egypt and Jordan.
However, since the current agreement does not specifically end a state of war, I do not think that a Nobel Peace Prize would be awarded for it.
In the long run, it does not matter, but the strategic cooperation network that is emerging between Israel and the Arab states along the Gulf - Zsolt Csepregi assessed the significance of the event at the request of the Hungarian Nation.
The international deputy director of the József Antall Knowledge Center pointed out that although it is a natural process dating back several decades, the role of Donald Trump should not be underestimated. - Every American president before him on the issue of stability in the Middle East has “cut his ax into the hard part of the tree,” like a peace treaty with the Palestinians or Syria. The emirates and Bahrain are interested in normalization, and Donald Trump and Jared Kushner and their team saw this opportunity, highlighting the key to success.
The expert does not expect the same to be expected in the near future as other Arab and Muslim-majority countries will follow suit. - Oman, Sudan or Saudi Arabia cannot take such a bold step at the moment due to various domestic and foreign policy obstacles. Nevertheless, Abu Dhabi and Manama will also be a gateway for other Arab states toward Israeli technology and economic ties, which Cairo and Amman could never be, he added. And why right now? According to the expert, the reason for the change is, on the one hand, that the Palestinian question has been pushed into the background, and the regional ambitions of Iran and Turkey are much more acute for the Arab states. - And Israel is an excellent partner compared to these states, as it can give a lot, but it also has no hegemonic potential at the regional level, unlike the two great powers.
It should also be borne in mind that for many countries in the Middle East, the shortest route to Washington is through Jerusalem, he explained.
The expert believed that the invitation of Péter Szijjártó to the White House supports the success of the increasingly diverse relations with the United States and Israel, which are inseparable due to the strategic importance of the American-Israeli relationship. - Hungary is interested in a partnership with the Jewish state, mainly in the fields of science, technology and economy. As we basically keep in mind how we can work together, Hungarian foreign policy in the European Union also represents the abolition of measures of a political nature that hinder this, and the absence of new ones, he outlined the essence of Hungarian Israeli policy, adding that this is highly valued by the Israeli and American sides. However, he also reminded me that
Supporting Israel is not anti-Palestinian, we continue to push for a two-state solution.
- The current normalization steps also suggest that the Palestinian side should respond constructively to developments. Hungary cannot help in this and will not sacrifice its cooperation with Israel on its altar - explained Zsolt Csepregi.
And is there a chance that the Palestinians will see that? - It has now become clear that the Palestinian strategy has failed, boycotting and ousting Israel from international organizations is no longer an option in the Arab world, at most in some far-left Western circles. They can wait years for Israel to take such a strong position that they will have no say in ending the conflict. Or they will try to get help from Abu Dhabi and Manama along a new strategy as soon as possible, he outlined the options ahead. The expert added pessimistically that the Palestinians are divided, the legitimacy of their leadership is weak and declining, so this change of strategy is unlikely.