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Szijjarto in Beijing Says Hungary Is Arguing, ‘We Need To Increase the Voice of the Peace Camp’

May 15, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said today in Beijing that Budapest

“is arguing for peace ... to come as soon as possible.... Unfortunately, the war rhetoric globally is extremely strong. Therefore, we need to increase the voice of the peace camp. And in the peace camp, we attach huge significance to the role [of China].... We appreciate your peace plan a lot. We hope it’s going to be a basis for discussing ... peace in our neighborhood.”

Szijjarto wrote on his Facebook page from Budapest Airport before flying to Beijing on May 14:

“There is a war going on in our neighborhood, Europe is held hostage by a war psychosis, therefore efforts for the peace party are of particular importance, which must be constantly strengthened. We support the peace plan put forward by the Chinese for two reasons: on the one hand, because it is about peace, on the other hand, because it exists. Finally something that isn’t about continuing the war but about ending it....”

Szijjarto also met with Huawei officials, and reported today on Facebook: “Hungary is at the forefront of digitalization and Huawei plays a decisive role in this. ... We maintain our position against global telecommunications providers that no one should be excluded from the competition based on their country of origin.”

Hungary also is working with Chinese manufacturers of car batteries, as Budapest explicitly rejects anti-China pressures from the EU. “We want to constantly develop cooperation between the European Union and China. That obviously cannot happen if the EU puts Chinese companies on a sanctions or export control list.”

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