Szijjártó Speaks With Belarus Counterpart by Phone

Int’l Relations

Péter Szijjártó

Photo by kormany.hu/Gergely Botár

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó spoke with his new Belarusian counterpart, Sergei Aleinik, by phone on Wednesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

"I told him that the war in Ukraine is causing us, a neighboring country, much harm, and trouble, equally in terms of economy, energy security, and security," Szijjártó said in a post on Facebook.

"That's why Hungary is interested in peace as soon as possible, while any decision and measure that carries the risk of protracting or escalating the war runs against our national interests," he added.

"We agreed that communications channels must be kept open, because closing them would mean giving up hope for peace," Szijjártó said.

He added that the countries would continue their cooperation in economic areas that are not affected by sanctions, mainly in the pharmaceutical, medical equipment, and farming sectors.

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