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Oct 17, 2019

FM: Christians living in the Middle East will be focus of Hungary-Russia summit

The Foreign Minister has confirmed that the protection of Middle Eastern Christian communities will be a key topic during the October 30th visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Foreign Minister has confirmed that the protection of Middle Eastern Christian communities will be a key topic during the October 30th visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary has also invited the leaders of the biggest Middle Eastern Christian churches to the summit, where they will get a chance to brief Hungarian and Russian officials on their respective situations.

“Hungary’s interest lies in maintaining fair and honest relations with Russia,” Minister Szijjártó said. “We can see that the leaders of the most influential countries are all meeting Hungarian prime minister either by inviting him or visiting Budapest themselves.”

Minister Szijjártó said these bilateral meetings were a vindication of Hungary’s achievements. “[Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán has become a central European leader in the world who is worth listening and paying attention to and worth meeting even for the biggest world leaders. The next chapter of this story will be written on October 30th in Budapest.”

The Minister stressed that the Hungarian government will continue to shape its foreign policy according to national interests.