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Szijjártó declares end of classic diplomacy

Int’l Relations

Perhaps gearing up for the rumored merging of foreign trade and foreign affairs ministries in a new government composition to be announced in June, current Foreign Trade State Secretary Péter Szijjártó spun a little political philosophy in an interview with local news daily Népszabadság. According to Szijjártó, “classic diplomacy is a thing of the past” and foreign policy today should “clearly and avowedly” aim to validate foreign economic aims “without shame.”

According to Szijjártó, “The task of people working in foreign policy, including diplomats, foreign policy experts, cultural attachés and heads of cultural institutions and trade houses, is to enforce national interests in a new world order.”

In Szijjártó’s estimation, putting foreign economic relations at the center of foreign policy, “the performance of the people in charge will be easy to measure, based on access to new export markets and Hungarian companies’ participation in tenders abroad, as well as drawing foreign resources to the Hungarian economy.”

When asked to confirm the rumors stating that Hungarian cultural institutes will belong to the ministry of foreign economy and foreign relations, Szijjártó dodged with “I have proposed that the resources in cultural diplomacy should also be used to enforce interests in foreign economy.”

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