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Feb 07, 2020

Hungary becomes first EU member state to join new International Religious Freedom Alliance

Hungary does not accept that international organizations “turn a blind eye” to the persecution of Christian communities around the world.

Hungary has become the first European Union member state to join the new International Religious Freedom Alliance launched by US President Donald Trump.

The organization’s inaugural meeting was chaired by US State Secretary Mike Pompeo in Washington on Wednesday and attended by representatives of the 26 countries that have joined the new alliance.

In attendance, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó said Hungary does not accept that international organizations “turn a blind eye” to the persecution of Christian communities around the world.

Minister Szijjártó told MTI that Hungary has been a Christian state since its foundation more than a thousand years ago and as such carries responsibility for persecuted Christian communities around the world.

The minister revealed that Hungary has so far provided USD 50 million to aid these communities in Africa and the Middle East.

“We are proud that Hungary became the first European country to join the new international alliance set up by the United States,” Minister Szijjártó said. “The Alliance is a network of likeminded countries fully committed to advancing freedom of religion or belief around the world," he added.