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Hungary’s Foreign Minister invited to Tuesday’s signing ceremony at White House of Israel-UAE-Bahrain normalization accords

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Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto will be the only EU diplomatic official to attend the signing ceremony on Tuesday in Washington for the Israel-United Arab Emirates and Israel-Bahrein normalization accords, his spokesman said on Sunday, Reuters reported.

“At the invitation of U.S. President Donald Trump, as the only European Union minister, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto will also attend the signing ceremony in the White House on Tuesday,” Mate Paczolay told Hungarian news agency MTI.

“Since the White House prepared the agenda for stabilising the region, this has been the second development to prove that this is the best peace plan thus far and promises to bring peace in the Middle East at last,” Szijjarto wrote on Facebook.

“The U.S. President thus deserves gratitude,” he said, adding praise for Israeli, UAE and Bahraini leaders.

Major European powers like France and the UK welcomed the Israel-UAE and Israel-Bahrain accords, as did the European Union. ‘’The EU recognizes the role played by the United States in this regard and believes that these developments represent a positive contribution to peace and stability in the Middle East,’’ said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in a statement.

In its statement, EU’s Borrell recalled the EU Declaration of 15 August 2020 and its longstanding position that a comprehensive settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict requires a regional inclusive approach and engagement with both parties.

‘’In this regard, the EU remains firm in its commitment to a negotiated and viable two-state solution built upon the internationally agreed parameters,’’ Borrell said.

‘’The EU remains ready to support the Israelis and the Palestinians in efforts to resume meaningful negotiations on all final status issues in order to achieve a just and lasting peace,’’ he added.


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