Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto – Photo: Facebook

Szijjarto: ‘Trump as strong US president would guarantee stability of global security’

Having a strong president in the White House always ensures a form of stability for global security, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday ahead of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's meeting with Donald Trump in Florida, adding that if Trump returned, the United States could again be led by a strong president.

Orbán is set to meet the former US president in Palm Beach later in the day which will be their third bilateral meeting.

The foreign ministry cited Szijjarto as saying that the substantial lead Trump established in the Republican primaries this week practically guaranteed his nomination for the November election.

“So we can say that our prime minister will soon be meeting the Republican challenger [to the Democratic presidential candidate],” Szijjarto said.

Szijjarto said he was convinced that had Donald Trump been elected US president in 2020, the war in Ukraine would not have happened, and the conflict in the Middle East could be resolved much faster.

He underscored that Hungary-US relations were at their peak when Trump was the president of the United States.

Meanwhile, Szijjarto said he will hold talks on boosting bilateral economic ties, underlining the importance of cooperation with Florida.

He said he will meet with the head of the recently established Hungarian Chamber of Business and Commerce in Florida as well as representatives of electronics maker Jabil, which employs 4,000 people in Hungary.

Other Florida-based businesses also have significant investments in Hungary, he said, adding that the Hungarian Chamber of Business and Commerce could be of help to the several Hungarian companies interested in entering the Florida market.

The minister said that if Florida were an independent state, it would be the world’s 14th largest economy, adding that this made cooperation with the state important. Trade turnover between Hungary and Florida came to 300 million US dollars last year, he said.

Szijjarto also mentioned Hungary’s cooperation with Florida in sports, noting the rising popularity of teqball, a Hungarian invention, in the state.

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