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Hungary will be the first EU country to establish its embassy in Jerusalem.

By United with Israel Staff

Hungary will move its embassy in Israel to the capital city of Jerusalem within a month, Hebrew-language media reported Friday morning.

The agreements between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban were reached in the last few days, according to the reports..

Timetables were set, and the talks were concluded by Foreign Minister Eli Cohen and Hungary’s top diplomat Peter Szijjarto.

In March 2019, exactly two years ago, Hungary opened a diplomatic trade mission in Jerusalem, demonstrating close ties with the Jewish state and becoming the first European country in decades to do so. Netanyahu, along with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiled the building’s plaque.

“This is a very exciting moment for us because it’s the first European diplomatic mission opened in Jerusalem in many decades, and three Hungarian diplomats are going to be assigned to this office for trade purposes,” Netanyahu said at the time. “That’s important for trade, for diplomacy and for the move that Hungary is leading right now to change the attitude in Europe towards Jerusalem.”

Hungary has been among a minority of countries to vote against anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations in recent years.