Hamas militants - Photo: Israeli Defence Forces (archive)

Minister calls for defeating terrorist organisations, protecting civilians

Referring to last year's terrorist attack on Israel, resulting in a situation that poses a security risk also for Europe, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said "an escalation of the situation must be prevented, terrorist groups defeated and civilians protected," at a press conference held jointly with Ayman Safadi, his Jordanian counterpart, in Amman on Wednesday.
22. May 2024 18:21

A statement from the foreign ministry quoted Szijjarto as saying that “we deem Jordan’s stability and rationalistic position crucial, because such common-sense policies give us hope that peace could once return to the Middle East.” “We must ensure that never in the world should such a terrorist attack reoccur as the one that took place in Israel on October 7,” he said.

Szijjarto said all efforts should be made to save civilians, adding that hindering humanitarian activities was unacceptable and urged an early release of hostages.

The minister noted Jordan’s role in maintaining stability in the region, as well as in the fight against terrorism and extremist activities.

Szijjarto said that during his visit several agreements were signed, including one that will continue to grant 400 Jordanian students scholarships to study at Hungarian universities every year. The sides are also launching a joint training programme for young diplomats, strengthening cooperation in the field of environmental protection, and starting a youth cooperation programme.

The minister noted that over the past five years the Hungarian government had provided support worth 4 million US dollars for aiding refugees in Jordan, adding that in order to improve the effectiveness of the work, the Hungary Helps programme would open a representative office in Amman.

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