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Europe’s security conditional on defeating Islamic State, says Szijjártó in Washington

Cleveland, July 21 (MTI) – Restoring security in Europe requires a victory over the Islamic State terrorist organisation, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Thursday. On the sidelines of a meeting of countries fighting IS, in Washington, DC, Szijjártó told MTI by phone, “It is now clear that Europe is living in the shadow of the most serious terrorist threat of all time”. Szijjártó said that the current migration crisis was partly caused by IS, which had destabilised countries along Europe’s southern borders. “Millions of people fled and set off for Europe.” Hungary is one of 23 countries in...

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Government: Islamic State targeting Hungary and migration, terrorism closely intertwined

Budapest, March 31 (MTI) – The Islamic State terrorist organisation has targeted Hungary, János Lázár, the government office chief, said on Thursday. The stronger the pressure from migration and Islam, the greater the danger of terrorism, he said. The prime minister’s security advisor earlier today said that Islamic State had named Hungary as a possible target and that the government was taking the threat seriously. The government has a heightened responsibility for guaranteeing the security of all Hungarians, Lázár told his regular press conference. The cabinet takes the threat seriously and does not underestimate it, he said, adding that every...

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Islamic State could cause serious damage to Hungary

According to origo.hu, it would cause tremendous damage to Europe, if the Schengen area would fall apart due to the terrorist threat and the refugee crisis. Because of the long-term restoration of border controls, commerce would become more expensive and slower, tourism would decline, movement of labor would be more difficult. There is a scenario whereby the core countries of the Union would form a mini-Schengen and the periphery (including Hungary) would be disconnected. In the worst case, Schengen may fall completely apart and drag the single currency as well. The dissolution of the Schengen area would cost billions...

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Islamic State threatens Hungary as well – Video

According to szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, the terrorist organization published another chilling video, in which it classified Hungary to the “vicious coalition” – 24.hu wrote. The video tries to intimidate the soldiers fighting against the ISIS. You can discover the flag of Hungary among the 60 flags. According to the video shared by ATV, the Islamic State is counting the flags and “when it reaches 80 in number, then – as the prophet told – the flames of war will finally burn you on the hills of deaths” – 24.hu wrote. The propaganda video praises the history and the expansion of the...

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Hungary receives US request for contribution to fight against Islamic State

Budapest, March 6 (MTI) – Hungary on Thursday received the formal request from the United States to increase its contribution to the international coalition fighting against the Islamic State, the foreign minister told commercial TV2 on Friday morning. The Islamic State poses a direct threat to Europe’s security and it has carried out a harsh attack against its values Hungary highly respects, Peter Szijjarto told the programme. Fighting against the Islamic State is therefore a shared task for the western coalition led by the United States, he said, adding that Hungary must do its utmost to ensure that a...

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Szijjarto calls for firm action against Islamic State

Brussels, December 3 (MTI) – The Islamic State (ISIS) is a direct threat “to the world of our values”, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in Brussels, and called for firm international action against that terrorist organisation. Szijjarto spoke on the sidelines of the first meeting of a global coalition of some 60 countries to fight ISIS, and said that “it is obvious that the Islamic State strives to wipe out the Christian community in the region (of Iraq and Syria)” and insisted that protecting those communities was a “direct responsibility”. The foreign minister noted that Hungary was helping...

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Counter Terrorism Centre: Hungarians not involved in Islamic State fights

Budapest, September 15 (MTI) – The Hungarian secret services and law enforcement authorities share the view that Hungarian citizens are not involved in fights in Syria and Iraq associated with the Islamic State, the head of Hungary’s Counter Terrorism Centre said today. Janos Hajdu talked to the press after a closed meeting of parliament’s foreign affairs and state security committee where he had given a briefing about the security risks connected to IS. Hungary must monitor foreign citizens travelling to and from the areas involved in the fights and maintains international cooperation with secret services in other countries to...

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A mosque to be built in Zugló by the Hungarian Islamic Community

According to atv.hu, the mosque, which is currently under renovation, will also function as a cultural centre. The municipality of Zugló only heard about the investment from ATV. The Hungarian Islamic Community, currently centred in the 13th district, has bought an estate in Zugló on Róbert Károly Boulevard. Imam Miklós Ahmed Kovács shared the news at a sermon on the 20th of January. Since then, his speech has been shared on YouTube. Miklós Ahmed Kovács states in the video that a mosque means something different in western countries than it does in eastern countries, where it is mainly for praying....

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Islamic community marks centenary of Hungary’s recognition of Islam

The Hungarian Islamic Community celebrated on Wednesday the centenary of Islam becoming a lawfully recognised religion in Hungary. “In the wake of the bombings in Paris, Brussels and Pakistan, it is necessary to speak responsibly and make a distinction between religion and radicalism, between those practising their religion and extremists,” deputy state secretary for church relations László Hegyi told the event. Those pursuing their Islamic faith do not suffer any disadvantage in Hungary, he added. US Ambassador Colleen Bell told the event that acts of terrorism raise fears and encourage people to demonise certain social groups. But if fear...

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Government proposes amending constitution to define ‘state of terrorist threat’

Budapest (MTI) – The government has proposed amending the constitution to include a so-called “state of terrorist threat” among instances that mandate the mobilisation and, if need be, the domestic deployment of the armed forces. Speaking after Defence Minister Istvan Simicsko’s talks with four of the five parliamentary parties on the matter, Fidesz deputy group leader Gergely Gulyas said the worsening security situation in Europe calls for instances of terrorist threats to be regulated by the constitution. The Socialist Party stayed away from the talks. Under the amendment the government could declare a state of terrorist threat after a...

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Suspects caught by TEK not Islamic extremists, says head of national security committee

Budapest, November 25 (MTI) – Suspects apprehended by counter-terrorism force TEK last weekend have no affiliation with Islamic extremist groups, Zsolt Molnar, head of parliament’s national security committee, said on Wednesday. On Tuesday TEK said it apprehended six people, members of gangs in possession of automatic weapons, explosives and ammunition last weekend. It also confirmed increased security provided to protected persons until the end of the current series of counter-terrorism operations. Speaking after a national security committee meeting held behind closed doors, Molnar said TEK chief Janos Hajdu gave committee members a detailed account of the operation. Noting that...

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Hungarian Islamic Community rejects charge of skimming subsidies

Budapest (MTI) – The Hungarian Islamic Community (MIK) has rejected the charge that it had demanded millions of forints from a private welfare service provider in return for ensuring the provider’s eligibility for state financing. Related article:  Islamic leaders suspected of demanding kick-backs from service provider The online edition of daily Magyar Nemzet reported on Sunday that the owner of a welfare services centre had agreed to cooperate with the community to receive the financing earmarked for religious organisations, thus increasing its across-the-board subsidy from central coffers by 50 percent. Community leaders, however, skimmed a monthly 4 million forints...

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Islamic leaders suspected of demanding kick-backs from service provider

Budapest (MTI) – The leadership of the Hungarian Islamic Community demanded millions of forints from a welfare service provider in return for ensuring their eligibility for state financing, the online edition of daily Magyar Nemzet reported on Sunday. The portal said that the owner of a welfare services centre had agreed to cooperate with the community to receive the financing earmarked for religious organisations, thus increasing its across-the-board subsidy from central coffers by 50 percent, but community leaders skimmed a monthly 4 million forints off those funds. Commercial HirTV reported it had footage of talks between community leader Zoltan...

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