Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó met representatives of Jewish organisations in New York on Wednesday evening, and assured his negotiating partners of Hungary’s support in their fight against anti-Semitism.
Addressing a UNESCO conference after his talks, Szijjártó noted the Hungarian government’s commitment to continue its “zero tolerance” policy concerning anti-Semitism in the future.
Concerning the European Union, Szijjártó said that the community cannot be strong unless it “insists on its Judeo-Christian heritage” and added that his government “disapproves of movements aimed at leaving nation states and Christianity behind”.
Szijjártó voiced concern about recent developments “indicating a rise of anti-Semitism in certain parts of western Europe” and said it was a consequence of “massive and uncontrolled migration”. He insisted that “parallel societies” have developed in many parts of western Europe, which pose not only a security challenge but may give rise to religious extremism, too.
On another subject Szijjártó said that Hungary considers Israel a strategic partner and supports “an honest and balanced approach” in international organisations concerning that country. He added that Hungary has “never supported dishonest or politically motivated” decisions against Israel.
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Szijjártó also noted that the Hungarian government has recently proposed a joint statement against anti-Semitism in the UN Human Rights Council, an initiative which was supported by 25 countries.
The foreign minister met with representatives of the Anti-Defamation League, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations, National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry, B’nai B’irth organisation, World Jewish Congress, American Jewish Committee, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
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