Central Europe, including Hungary, is not a traditional or natural party to plans for the resolution of Near-east conflicts, having no colonial history or major communities in the region, apart from the few hundred thousand Hungarian and Polish speaking Jewish community in Israel; and they have no significant Muslim Arab communities in Hungary either. Today, though, with the geopolitical changes, it seems that we too are to be counted on.
Over the past few weeks, leaders from the conflict zone of the Near-east visited Budapest one after the other. The message is clear: Hungary’s reputation has grown in the region despite it not being one of the countries generally considered among the Near-east intermediaries according to either its traditions or its international political role.
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