‘Floundering’ of anti-terror alliance ‘worrisome’, says Hungarian foreign minister
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Tuesday called it “worrisome” that international dialogue on the fight against terrorism “seems to be floundering” in the Persian Gulf after seven countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.
Answering a journalist question at a press conference on another subject, Szijjarto argued that anti-terror dialogue needed to be at the top of the international community’s agenda.
Since Monday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and meddling in their internal affairs.
Szijjarto said the Hungarian government wants to see the international coalition against terrorism expanded and for there to be constant dialogue among the countries involved.
It is always worrying when “relatively close” neighbouring countries have more conflicts than areas of cooperation, Szijjarto said.