Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian stressed the need for a “political solution” to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, saying the Islamic Republic continues to strengthen consultations between Russia and the former Soviet state to reach this goal.
Amir-Abdullahian made the remarks during a telephone conversation with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto on Friday, during which the two diplomats exchanged views on the growing trend of bilateral relations, international issues of common interest and the Ukrainian crisis.
Highlighting the conflict in Ukraine and emphasizing Iran’s principled position of rejecting wars and sanctions, Amir-Abdullahian said: “The Islamic Republic urges to focus on a political solution to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, and in this regard, continue efforts and consultations between Moscow and Kyiv to strengthen and advance the political solution to accelerate the resolution of this crisis.
The senior Iranian diplomat also said that Tehran is helping to ensure energy security and food security in the world after the war in Ukraine, adding, “We have had discussions with the Russian and Ukrainian authorities in this regard.”
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine in late February, following kyiv’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and Moscow’s recognition of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. At the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said one of the goals of what he called a “special military operation” was to “denazify” Ukraine. Two days before the military operation, Moscow officially recognized the two breakaway regions as independent republics. Lugansk has already fallen under the full control of Russian forces.
Since the operation began, the United States and its European allies have supplied Ukraine with billions of dollars in weapons and imposed unprecedented sanctions on Moscow, despite repeated warnings from Russia that this would not than prolong the war.
Referring to the results of his Hungarian counterpart’s trip to Tehran last year and the agreements reached between the two countries, Amir-Abdullahian said that “the development of relations with Hungary is a priority for the Islamic Republic of Iran”. .
The Iranian Foreign Minister hailed the growing level of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, saying that the establishment of a joint economic commission in the near future could provide an appropriate platform to accelerate bilateral relations.
Szijjarto, for his part, appreciated Iran’s efforts to establish stability in the region and in the world, saying: “We want peace in Ukraine and stability in the Middle East, and in this regard, we appreciate Iran’s role in establishing stability in the region and holding the Astana summit in Tehran.
The Hungarian Foreign Minister added: “As a neighboring country of Ukraine and due to the potential dangers caused by the continuation of this crisis and the continuation of the conflicts in this country, including a wave of refugees and illegal immigration, we demand an end to the war as soon as possible.
Elsewhere in the phone call, Szijjarto stressed the need to improve bilateral relations between Tehran and Budapest, saying that the Hungarian government has always supported Iran’s balanced approach in international forums and in developing bilateral relations. .
He said he was ready for the expansion of relations in various fields with Iran and welcomed the establishment of a joint economic commission.
Szijjarto thanked Iran’s attention to the issue of energy security and stressed the importance of energy for Europe and the world, saying: “Iran’s stronger entry into the market world energy is in line with the interests of all countries and nations of the world.