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Hungary to attend Ukraine peace summit in Switzerland at foreign ministerial level

Hungary will attend the Ukraine peace summit due to start on June 15 in Switzerland at the foreign ministerial level, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in St. Petersburg on Thursday, adding that the government regretted that the summit will not be attended by both warring sides.
6. June 2024 17:32

Szijjarto said Hungary’s participation at the peace conference was driven by the country’s “absolute position on the side of peace”, and it attended all events where peace was on the agenda.

At the same time, he expressed his regret that the conference will be held without the participation of Russia. Hungary, he said, believed that a real result could only be expected if both sides were sat at the negotiating table.

This will not be the case this time, he said, according to a ministry statement, adding, however, that Hungary respected Switzerland’s efforts and will attend the conference at the foreign ministerial level.

Szijjarto later spoke at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum about the need to broker peace as soon as possible and the negative consequences of the war in Ukraine.

“We urge and pray for an immediate ceasefire,” Szijjarto said. “We urge and pray for peace talks to take place because we do believe that under peaceful circumstances we might be able to develop much quicker and much more smoothly, and life will again be calmer and more peaceful in Europe if we can put peace in the forefront of international politics.”

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