Szijjarto: Hungarian government got it right on key issues in recent years

Although Hungary’s position has been regularly attacked by the liberal international mainstream on a number of issues, the Hungarian government has repeatedly been right on the most important issues in recent years, the business minister said on Monday. foreigners at a meeting of Hungarian ambassadors.

The ‘record’ result of this year’s general election is also a vindication of Hungary’s foreign policy achievements, the foreign ministry said quoting Peter Szijjarto, adding that it should encourage the country to implement its current strategy even more firmly.

“We have had to do our job against a strong headwind in recent years, as our government strategy runs counter to the international liberal mainstream in fundamental ways,” the minister said. “That means we obviously can’t expect any pity or support in that aspect. We don’t want it either, because we don’t even need it.

Szijjarto stressed that the Hungarian government was right on every important issue. “It turned out that our positions and decisions that were attacked by the mainstream with elemental force were the right positions and decisions,” he said.

The minister cited Hungary’s decision to oppose immigration, provide effective coronavirus vaccines regardless of their country of origin, support investment rather than offering social benefits and stay apart from the war in Ukraine as key examples.

A successful foreign policy is one that is based on the application of national interests, Szijjarto said, adding that this also required “a lot of tenacity, but it is clearly delivering results”.

Hungary’s foreign policy strategy is based on mutual respect and its aim is to build the best possible relations in the interest of Hungary’s progress, he said.

“We don’t send any of our ambassadors anywhere for the purpose of telling the people of a particular country how they should handle things, because that’s none of our business,” he said, adding that it was the same in the other direction. “We also will not tolerate the representative of another country thinking that he is coming here to teach us how to live a better or different life in the future, because we do not want that, thank you very much,” said added Szijjarto.

The minister said Hungary must be protected from the negative effects of “the current era of crises and threats”. But, he added, this required identifying the threats.

Szijjarto highlighted the war in Ukraine and its security implications, stressing that Hungary stands by its decision not to send arms to Ukraine. He also noted the economic slowdown caused by the armed conflict, adding, at the same time, that Hungary could still register record exports and investments this year despite the economic difficulties.

Regarding energy security, Szijjarto said it was an issue the government would not compromise on. No international political goal can replace the government’s responsibility to secure the country’s energy supply, he said, adding that Budapest would not even discuss the possibility of energy sanctions at European Union level.

“The whole facade that the western half of Europe has made in terms of energy supplies is simply not sustainable as winter approaches,” the minister said, adding that Russian energy imports could not. be replaced in the short or medium term. term.

Meanwhile, Szijjarto said the food crisis could lead to the emergence of new waves of migration, “in which case a pro-migration policy from Brussels could have disastrous effects”.

Szijjarto also spoke of “imperfect European responses”, saying Hungary needed to be a “rational voice” even if it led to “unfair political attacks”.

The minister said some in Europe were trying to give “the false impression that we Hungarians are isolated”. “First of all, that’s not even true when it comes to Europe. and moreover, respect for the Hungarian government, and specifically for Hungarian foreign policy outside of this European and North American communication bubble, is at an all-time high,” Szijjarto said.

International community should focus on peace in Ukraine, says minister

The international community should favor measures that help bring peace to Ukraine rather than those that risk aggravating the conflict, Szijjarto said on the sidelines of the Bled Strategy Forum in Slovenia on Monday. The armed conflict is having a seriously negative impact on the whole of Europe in areas such as the economy and energy supply, the Foreign Ministry quoted Szijjarto as saying after the forum opened.

“As we are physically and geographically close to the war and in its vicinity, its impact on us is more severe than its average impact on Europe,” Szijjarto said. “Achieving peace as soon as possible is therefore in our fundamental interest here in Hungary and in Central Europe.”

“We urge the international community to prioritize actions and decisions that contribute to peace, and we want those aspirations that risk the escalation, continuation or – God forbid – the spread of war beyond of Ukraine are taking a back seat,” he said.

Szijjarto said that the Hungarian government stands by its decision not to send arms to Ukraine or to allow the transit of arms shipments through its territory to Ukraine and will not even discuss possible energy sanctions.

He said the sanctions imposed on Russia would not contribute to a quick resolution of the conflict and would harm Europe much more than Russia.

The focus, he said, should be on achieving peace as soon as possible, adding that this required direct dialogue between the warring parties. He suggested that respected countries and international actors play a mediating role between Ukraine and Russia.

“Because if the sanctions policy continues, if the developments continue to go in the direction of escalation, it will have a very bad effect on Central Europe, and we want to avoid that,” Szijjarto said.

Laura T. Thrasher