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Hungarian PM meets Xi Jinping for “Peace Mission 3.0”.

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Beijing, 8 July 2024 (TDI):  Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met President Xi Jinping earlier today (Monday) to discuss the Russo-Ukraine war.

During his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, both leaders reaffirmed their shared stance on several critical issues, particularly the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Both Orban and Xi have consistently advocated for a cease-fire and a negotiated settlement to bring about a sustainable peace.

Prime Minister Orban’s position within the European Union has often been distinctive, particularly concerning the Ukraine crisis. While the EU and NATO members broadly desire an end to the conflict, there is a divergence in approaches.

The mainstream view in Brussels prioritizes a peace contingent on Russia’s significant weakening. In contrast, Orban has opposed EU sanctions on Russia, resisted military and financial aid to Ukraine, and expressed reservations about Ukraine’s potential EU membership. This divergence has attracted criticism from both EU and NATO leaders, who emphasize that Orban’s views are his own and not representative of the bloc.

Despite these criticisms, Orban’s diplomatic efforts are unwavering.

Following visits to Kyiv and Moscow, where he engaged in discussions with President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Vladimir Putin, respectively, Orban continues to seek pathways to a negotiated end to the conflict.

Although these discussions have yet to yield a breakthrough, the Hungarian leader remains committed to bridging the gaps between the involved parties.

Orban’s visit to China is a natural extension of his diplomatic endeavors. China, maintaining a position of neutrality and possessing the unique ability to engage both sides in the conflict, plays a crucial role in mediation efforts.

President Xi Jinping reiterated China’s stance during his meeting with Orban, emphasizing the urgent need for all parties to work towards ending the conflict and initiating political dialogue. Xi stressed the importance of the international community in fostering conditions conducive to direct negotiations, highlighting that positive contributions from major countries are essential for achieving a cease-fire.

As the NATO summit in Washington approaches, Prime Minister Orban’s diplomatic engagements serve as a reminder of the diverse perspectives within the alliance.

His recent article in Newsweek outlines his critique of NATO’s current trajectory, advocating for a return to the alliance’s founding values of peace rather than conflict.

Prime Minister Orban’s diplomatic mission, including his visit to China, aims to inject constructive dialogue into the international discourse, encouraging a collective effort towards peace and stability.

 

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