Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto – Photo: Facebook

Szijjarto: Situation ‘most critical yet’

With the war going on for more than two years in Ukraine, the situation is the most critical yet in Europe, and the "spectre of a world war looms ever larger", the foreign minister said ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.
18. March 2024 17:26

Through a virtual call, the US Secretary of State will also join the meeting, Peter Szijjarto said on Facebook.

“Western European leaders must grasp that their strategy regarding the war has failed and they would have achieved a ceasefire long ago had they invested as much into brokering peace as they did into weapon deliveries,” he said.

Meanwhile, he insisted France was leading the voices “stoking the danger of world war”. Sending land troops to Ukraine threatened with regional escalation, and was “diametrically opposed to NATO decisions so far”, he added.

“We don’t want a war in Europe, and we hope our European colleagues will also cease playing with fire,” he said.

Hungary continues to be ready to contribute to intl humanitarian aid

Hungary spent over 70 million euros on humanitarian aid worldwide last year, and is ready to continue to contribute to international efforts, the foreign minister said.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the European Humanitarian Forum, Szijjarto said humanity was facing a global humanitarian disaster, mainly due to “one of the worse security situations of the past couple of decades”.

Some 30 countries and regions are currently suffering armed conflict, the gravest of them raging in Ukraine and the Gaza strip, Szijjarto said.

As a neighbour of Ukraine, Hungary has been facing the “tragic consequences” of the war for two years as over one million refugees arrived in the country, he said. Those who decided to stay in the country were offered access to education and health care, with some 1,600 schools and kindergartens now receiving Ukrainian children, he said.

Szijjarto said Hungary was staging the largest humanitarian action of its history, and was ready to continue providing aid. “But we also know that the real solution to this tragic situation would be the war coming to its end, therefore we will increase our efforts to stand up for peace.”

Regarding the conflict in Gaza, Szijjarto said the protection of civilians was of paramount importance and called for aid for Egypt “which is bearing a lot of the burden”. Hungary has sent 200 ventilators and other health-care equipment to the country, he said.

Szijjarto said the international community also had a responsibility to stave off the threat of terrorism, one of the root causes of migration. Creating safe circumstances for everyone to make a living in their homeland was “a global responsibility”, he said.

Hungary is setting up a humanitarian and development centre in Chad, and is ready to deploy troops to the country to help combat terrorism, the foreign minister added.


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