At the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Jerusalem, PM Netanyahu was proud to say, “This is a very exciting moment for us because it’s the first European diplomatic mission opened in Jerusalem in many decades.”
By JNS and Israel Hayom Staff
Hungary opened a diplomatic trade mission in Jerusalem on Tuesday, demonstrating close ties with Israel and becoming the first European country in decades to do so, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, along with Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiled the building’s plaque.
“This is a very exciting moment for us because it’s the first European diplomatic mission opened in Jerusalem in many decades, and three Hungarian diplomats are going to be assigned to this office for trade purposes,” said Netanyahu. “That’s important for trade, for diplomacy and for the move that Hungary is leading right now to change the attitude in Europe towards Jerusalem.”
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced the diplomatic trade mission last month while visiting Netanyahu in Israel.
Szijjártó told Netanyahu that Hungary will not follow the European Commission’s policy of labeling items that are produced in Judea and Samaria.
“We do not support the list of companies in the settlements to be announced by the high representative of Human Rights of the United Nations,” he said, “and we urge for a tighter, better and more dynamic cooperation between Israel and the European Union.”
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