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Hungary, China can count on each other on increasing “voice of the peace camp”, foreign minister says

Hungary and China can count on each other in "increasing the voice of the peace camp" and the two countries closely cooperate towards achieving a ceasefire in Ukraine as soon as possible and the start of peace talks, Peter Szijjarto, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said after meeting Qin Gang, his Chinese counterpart, in Beijing on Monday.
15. May 2023 17:30

The armed conflict in a neighbouring country poses particularly serious challenges to Hungary which is why Hungary “is arguing for peace” and wants the fighting to end as soon as possible, the ministry quoted Szijjarto as saying.

“Unfortunately, the war rhetoric is extremely strong globally, particularly in the Trans-Atlantic world,” he said, adding that “therefore we need to constantly increase the voice of the peace camp” to make it clear that the global majority support peace. Szijjarto said that Hungary “does attach a due significance to the role of the People’s Republic of China” in increasing the voice of the peace camp and appreciates the efforts China had recently taken towards peace. “We highly appreciate the peace plan China has put forward,” the Hungarian foreign minister said. He welcomed the existence of such a plan in itself, arguing that when it comes to Ukraine, generally everybody talks only about war.

Szijjarto said he agreed with his colleague to closely cooperate in “amplifying the voice of the peace camp”.

The foreign minister met on Monday China’s minister of commerce for talks as well as a number of corporate executives in Beijing before travelling on to Ningbo for the China CEEC Expo.

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