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Hungary's Diplomatic Dance: Consulate Announcement in Yerevan Amid EU Statement Controversy


Hungary's Diplomatic Dance: Consulate Announcement in Yerevan Amid EU Statement Controversy

In recent developments highlighting the evolving dynamics in Eastern Europe, Hungary and Armenia have engaged in a multifaceted diplomatic exchange, underlining shared historical and cultural ties. Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, announced Hungary's intent to open a consulate in Yerevan during a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan. This move signals a significant step towards enhancing diplomatic ties between the two nations and fostering mutual understanding.

Hungary's Diplomatic Dance: Consulate Announcement in Yerevan Amid EU Statement Controversy

During the press conference held in Yerevan, however, Minister Szijjártó sidestepped questions regarding Hungary's reported veto of an EU statement concerning Azerbaijan's military aggression against the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). When probed about Hungary's alleged refusal to accept the EU's joint statement on this issue, Szijjártó redirected the focus towards Josep Borrell, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Hungary's Diplomatic Dance: Consulate Announcement in Yerevan Amid EU Statement Controversy

"The EU has a High Representative, Mr. Borrell. He always makes uninhibited statements; we do not veto them. He is the supreme representative, all responsibility and powers are in his hands. He can and does make statements—not only on this, but also on other matters. He is the High Representative; this is his job, he should make statements," remarked the Hungarian FM, effectively deferring the matter to the EU's top representative.


Despite this deflection, Hungary's engagement with Armenia showcases a commitment to fostering ties and providing aid to Armenian families ethnically cleansed from Nagorno-Karabakh. The Hungarian government's decision to allocate significant funds for assistance, scholarships, and healthcare initiatives signifies an effort to support Armenia during a challenging period.

This intricate diplomatic dance illustrates the complexity of international relations in the region. While Hungary maintains amicable relations with Azerbaijan, its willingness to bolster connections with Armenia indicates a nuanced approach, emphasizing cooperation over confrontation. As Hungary moves forward with plans for a consulate in Yerevan, the intricate tapestry of Eastern European diplomacy continues to weave new threads, offering hope for collaborative endeavors and peaceful resolutions.



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