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Oct 05, 2018

FM: Why is it unacceptable that we would like to stick to our history, to our culture, to our heritage, to our religion?

Hungary’s foreign minister has defended the country’s Christian heritage in an interview with CNN

Hungary’s foreign minister has defended the country’s Christian heritage in an interview with CNN.

Christiane Amanpour uploaded her four-minute interview with Péter Szijjártó to her official Facebook where she tries to get to the bottom of why Hungary wants to remain Christian.

“We have been a Christian country for a millennium and I don’t really understand why is it bad news that we don’t want to change that,” the minister said.

Amanpour asked the foreign minister whether the government was insinuating that anyone “other than white Christians” would not be accepted in the country. Minister Szijjártó responded that no one made this statement and explained PM Orbán’s statements on the matter.

"I don’t understand why is it bad or why is it unacceptable that we would like to stick to our history, to our culture, to our heritage, to our religion. We never judged other countries that have different kinds of policies. We never judged countries who said that multiculturalism is more valuable than a homogeneous society, for example,” he said.

“Please, let’s leave it to the certain countries. Let’s leave it to us to make a decision, whether we think multiculturalism is more valuable than a homogeneous society. I understand we don’t agree on that, but I respect that you have a different position and I’m not going to judge you on that (…) but I expect the same,” he added.

Here's the full interview: