Hungary/Poland – As The Times of Israel pointed out on February 14, the ambassadors of Hungary, Zoltán Varga-Haszonits, and Poland, Maciej Fałkowski, have – unlike their counterparts in the European Union – manifestly chosen to not to boycott the ceremonies celebrating the 44th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
According to the Israeli media, which refers to photos published by Mashreghnews, the two diplomats took part in an official ceremony on Thursday, February 9 in Tehran in the presence of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, while a wave of protests shook the whole country. since the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish girl, on September 16, following her arrest for not respecting Islamic rules of dress and that 18 people have been sentenced to death following these demonstrations. The Western press also speaks of hundreds of deaths due to repressions.
Tehran Letters also posted images of the two ambassadors at the ceremony on Twitter, explaining:
“So here is the Hungarian ambassador next to Raisi at yesterday’s ceremony and the Polish ambassador shaking hands with the Iranian foreign minister.
All other European diplomats boycotted the ceremony. […] The Iranians had asked via the hashtag #BoycottIRIDay to European diplomats not to participate in the annual ceremony of the anniversary of the Islamic revolution of President Raisi today. The only ambassadors present were those of Poland and Hungary”.
For his part, the executive director of the NGO UN Watch Hillel Neuer strongly condemned this Hungarian-Polish hitch to European diplomatic discipline: “Poland and Hungary have broken ranks with the other EU countries in Tehran and sent ambassadors to an official reception with President Ebrahim Raisi to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. »
It should also be noted that the Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó recently received the Iranian Foreign Minister at the end of November in Budapest, the two countries strengthening their economic cooperation.
Source: Visegrad Post