Allies – Hungary and the United States – working together on something that can make a real difference

Yesterday, the government of Hungary and the United States Agency for International Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase coordination to help communities in the Middle East recover from genocide and persecution by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Levente Magyar and USAID’s Acting Deputy Administrator David Moore signed the MOU, which declares an official partnership between the government of Hungary’s Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and the US international assistance agency.

The memorandum expands Hungary’s partnerships and cooperation in order to help endangered and displaced minorities to return home and restore their communities across the Middle East, especially in Northern Iraq, liberated from the tyranny of ISIS. The objective of the MOU is to strengthen cooperation by sharing knowledge, experiences and resources to develop projects including religious freedom, human rights, housing, service delivery, private-sector growth and conflict mitigation.

This latest effort reflects the fact that our great nations share an interest in advancing religious freedom and pluralism in the Middle East. The MOU also promotes the policy of the Hungarian government to take help to the troubled spots where it’s needed, instead of bringing the trouble and instability to Europe.