The United States government agrees with Hungary’s stance on the importance of protecting Europe’s Judeo-Christian heritage, foreign ministry state secretary Levente Magyar said in Washington on Tuesday.
Magyar is on a two-day visit to the US capital at the invitation of the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC.
Speaking to MTI after addressing the annual AIPAC conference, Magyar said the US understood the value-based debates European politicians are having on the protection of the continent’s Judeo-Christian heritage. “This is also the focal point of debates in the United States,” he said.
At the conference, Magyar spoke about whether the European Union’s migration policy contributes to the rise of anti-Semitism.
“Over here they agree that unchecked immigration leads to a rise in anti-Semitism,” he said.
Magyar, who held talks with AIPAC Board Chair Lillian Pinkus at the conference, said the “pro-Israel members of the American Jewish community . know and appreciate that Hungary has opened a foreign trade mission in Jerusalem”.
The state secretary also held talks with Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, Philip Reeker, assistant secretary of state for European and Asian affairs, and Victoria Coates, senior director for the Middle East at the National Security Council.
His talks centred on the new bilateral defence cooperation agreement, relations with Russia and China and bilateral cooperation on helping persecuted Christians. Magyar said there were disagreements on the two countries’ relationships with Russia and China, adding, however, that these do not hamper bilateral ties or dialogue.
featured image: Levente Magyar (illustration); via MTI/László Beliczay