On September 14, 1987, Israel and Hungary agreed to
interest sections with a maximum of five diplomats in each
other's countries. The Hungarian interest section in Tel
to have been established at the Swedish embassy and the
interest section in Budapest at the Swiss embassy. This
of diplomatic representation was to facilitate economic,
cultural, and humanitarian cooperation between the two
and to help remove obstacles to consular relations.
In 1988 both Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres and
Israeli prime minister Yitzak Shamir visited Hungary.
designated Shamir's visit as private to avoid offending
states. Hungary sought to use both visits to strengthen
cultural relations with Israel. Western observers regarded
high-level contacts as another step to the reestablishment
full diplomatic relations.
Data as of September 1989