Hungary's foreign minister has said that while the current government is in power, nobody in Hungary needs to fear regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation.
Péter Szijjarto, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, made the remarks after meeting representatives of US Jewish organizations on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“The greatest challenge facing Europe concerns security and whether European leaders can restore the security of the continent and its inhabitants,” Minister Szijjártó said. “Security challenges are obviously even more highlighted when it comes to ethnic or religious communities, including the Jewish communities living in Europe,” he added.
The minister assured the organizations of American Jews that the Hungarian government clearly makes no compromise on the security of Hungary and its people on the one hand, and zero tolerance against anti-Semitism on the other.
He said that Hungary’s government will guarantee the sense of security for members of any religious community in the country. “We are proud that the Hungarian government is among those in Europe that do the most against anti-Semitism," the minister added.
Minister Szijjártó also said he briefed the Jewish representatives about the government’s 1 billion HUF (3.3 million EUR) revamp project to be carried out in Jewish cemeteries around Hungary in keeping with religious traditions and rules.