Budapest Welcomes Joint Anti-Terror Campaign

Budapest Welcomes Joint Anti-Terror CampaignBudapest Welcomes Joint Anti-Terror Campaign

Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto said his country welcomes EU-Iran cooperation in combating terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

He made the remarks in a meeting with First Deputy Majlis Speaker Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard in Tehran on Monday, ICANA reported.     

Szijjarto announced that the Hungarian government plans to dispatch military forces to help the fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Iraq. Turning to Yemen, he said his country welcomes a lasting ceasefire in the war-torn Arab country.  

On the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six world powers known as the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), the Hungarian minister said a final nuclear accord would definitely be "welcomed by the entire world." He said his country is in favor of lifting the sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic.

In addition, he said parliamentary cooperation undoubtedly helps strengthen bilateral ties, announcing that a parliamentary friendship group has been established between the two countries.

Aboutorabifard, for his part, said the continuation of terrorist activities in Syria and Iraq is due to the financial support and provision of arms by some western powers and regional states.  

"The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns provoking wars and terrorist activities in all parts of the world," he noted.  

On the situation in Yemen, he said the Saudi-led airstrikes against a weak country, bombing its economic infrastructure and killing innocent people cannot be justified by any explanation.  

On the nuclear talks, the deputy speaker said in the course of the talks so far, Iran has shown its goodwill and clarified its stances. "In view of this fact and also the transparency of the legal aspects of the accord, sealing a final deal before the deadline will depend on the determination of the US and other negotiating parties."   

  Century-Long Relationship

Pointing to the century-long diplomatic relationship between Tehran and Budapest, Aboutorabifard said the historical and good relations can serve as a basis for enhancing friendly ties and facilitating collaboration.  

He referred to the progress of the Islamic Republic in the field of science and technology in recent years and abundant fossil fuel resources in the country as well as Hungary's economic capacities as factors that can help pave the way for expanding mutual ties.

"The Majlis as the (main) legislative body in the country supports every effort to improve the level of trade between the two sides and is ready to develop the necessary legal frameworks to this aim," he noted.