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Newsline: Hungary draws up plans to upgrade diplomatic ties with Syria

Hungary is drawing up plans to upgrade diplomatic relations with Syria, a move that will anger influential EU members who have sought to keep their distance from the Damascus regime. Budapest has for months been working on a proposal to send a chargé d’affaires back to Syria, according to diplomats in Brussels and Beirut, which would be a precursor to reopening its closed embassy eventually. While a few European capitals kept up diplomatic ties during the seven-year conflict, this would be the first time an EU member state has moved towards reopening a shuttered embassy in Syria. (https://www.ft.com/content/837adb10-d3bb-11e9-a0bd-ab8ec6435630) Many EU members strongly oppose normalising relations with the Bashar al-Assad’s authoritarian regime by dispatching envoys to Syria. One European diplomat in Beirut called Hungary’s proposed move “very annoying”.

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Newsline: Hungarian Foreign Minister rules out embassy move to Jerusalem

Hungary’s Embassy in Israel will remain in Tel Aviv and will not be moved to Jerusalem, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told the Israel Hayom daily in an interview that was published on Mar. 20, a day after his country dedicated a new commercial office in Jerusalem. (https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/hungarian-fm-embassy-in-israel-will-not-be-moved-to-jerusalem-1.7042107) Hungary has not changed its overall approach regarding the location of the embassy in Tel Aviv, the foreign minister said. His country’s position, he added, is to maintain international law and to conform its stance to that of the European Union, of which Hungary is a member.

Newsline: Hungary’s ambassador to the Vatican, Habsburg with a Twitter account

Eduard Habsburg is a Hungarian-German writer, diplomat and social media personality who has served since 2015 as ambassador of Hungary to the Holy See and the Sovereign Order of Malta. A great-great-grandson of Emperor Franz Joseph, he is also known as Archduke Eduard of Austria. Ambassador Habsburg and his wife, Baroness Maria Theresia von Gudenus, have six children. According to the 2011 Hungarian census, roughly 81 percent of Hungarians today identify as Christians, with Catholics representing the largest Christian group (50 percent) more than two decades after the fall of Communism. In recent years, Hungary has taken up the call of Pope Francis to aid persecuted Christians around the world, hosting government conferences and creating a new Secretary of State for Persecuted Christians.

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/11/05/habsburg-twitter-account-interview-hungarys-ambassador-vatican

Newsline: Estonia reopens embassy in Hungary

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reopened the Estonian embassy in Budapest. The ministry announced the step on social media on Monday, saying that starting 5 November the embassy is offering consular services again. The embassy is providing consular services and assistance starting 5 November. Anyone who would like their documents issued there can indicate so on the application form, the ministry said. Consular services are available by advance appointment. The ministry previously closed the embassy in Budapest in July 2014 following the closing of the Hungarian embassy in Tallinn. The latter was replaced by a diplomatic representation at the Hungarian Culture Institute in Tallinn at the time.

https://news.err.ee/874609/estonia-reopens-embassy-in-hungary

Newsline: Hungary Expels Ukrainian Consul in Tit-For-Tat Retaliation

Hungary is expelling a Ukrainian consul in retaliation against Ukraine’s expulsion of a Hungarian consul, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced. Earlier, Ukraine’s foreign ministry declared a Hungarian consul serving in Beregszász (Berehove) persona non grata and ordered him to leave the country within 72 hours. Hungary and Ukraine have been locked in a diplomatic row over dual citizenship ever since hidden camera footage showing the Hungarian consul conducting a Hungarian naturalisation ceremony for Ukrainian citizens at the consulate appeared online. Szijjártó stressed that Hungary will continue to block Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO and the EU. He told a press conference that the foreign ministry had summoned Ukraine’s ambassador to Hungary and told her that a consul working at the embassy would have to leave Hungary within 72 hours.

https://hungarytoday.hu/hungary-expels-ukrainian-consul-in-tit-for-tat-retaliation/

Newsline: Hungary summons Spanish ambassador over xenophobia charge

Hungary’s foreign ministry has summoned the Spanish ambassador over comments made by the Spanish foreign minister that labelled Hungary as xenophobic. According to the Hungarian ministry, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell also said recently that there was no separation of powers in Hungary and no free press, describing the county as a “pseudo-democracy.” Hungarian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Levente Magyar said that Borrell’s comments were “offensive and harsh” and exceed an acceptable level of criticism in Europe. He added that Borrell is scheduled to visit Budapest at the end of October.

https://www.tampabay.com/ap/world/hungary-summons-spanish-ambassador-over-xenophobia-charge-ap_worlde9f8b0c612ca44708e40c362f80dc2c7

Newsline: Hungary to Reopen Embassy in Tallinn

Hungary will reopen its embassy in Tallinn, according to a government resolution published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny. The Hungarian embassy in Tallinn is set to reopen on Sept. 23. The government announced the closure of the Tallinn embassy in July 2014, but has kept the Hungarian cultural institute in the Estonian capital running. The government has also decided to open consulates-general in Manchester and Innsbruck later this year, according to the resolution.

https://hungarytoday.hu/hungary-to-reopen-embassy-in-tallinn/