Péter Szijjártó, the Foreign Minister of Hungary has been interviewed by the American news channel CNN live on Monday evening about the Hungarian Government’s standpoint on a variety of questions.
The reporter of the left-leaning news channel CNN asked the Hungarian Foreign Minister about vaccination, accusations of not abiding rule of law, and the upcoming Hungarian elections in spring 2022.
Origo wrote that CNN reporter asked Péter Szijjártó why Hungary has a “quite low” vaccination rate and what the Hungarian Government is doing to counter that as well as about the fact that Hungary has re-joined the EU program for procuring vaccines.
Péter Szijjártó responded that Hungary’s inoculation rate is currently 70% but the government intends to up this number to 100%. The Foreign Minister emphasised that this would be very much feasible as there are enough jabs available and Hungary has launched its vaccination drive last week. The vaccination drive allows people to get the jab without the need to pre-register.
Thanks to the vaccination drive, over 784,000 people have received vaccinations, with over 96,000 people getting their first jab.
Szijjártó also highlighted that even though Hungary is behind in total vaccination rate, it is among the leading countries in the number of people who received their booster jabs. According to him, around 35-36% of the people who were eligible for it had already received their vaccination.
CNN then asked Szijjártó about a letter sent to Hungary by the European Commission on rule of law and EU fund topics. According to Szijjártó the Hungarian Government will respond to the letter. As he was trying to give explanations to the issues, the reporter suddenly asked why Hungary is an EU member state while changing the subject to the so-called “homophobic law” which has been passed this summer.
Szijjártó explained the difference in view of the EU and Hungary and has refuted the accusation that Hungary has passed a “homophobic law”. He explained that the Hungarian Government has passed a child protection law and placed the matter of sexual education in the hands of parents.
Hvg writes that the next question was about Péter Szijjártó’s previous statement in an interview that was given to the Financial Times. According to the interviewer, the United States would interfere in the upcoming elections in Hungary in 2022.
Szijjártó said that the Hungarians are used to being influenced by both the West and the East throughout the history of the country, adding that the
Hungarian secret services have detected preparations that certain entities would like to influence the public in Hungary.
If you would like to listen to the full interview with Péter Szijjártó, you can watch the clip on the Foreign Minister’s Facebook page:
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Source: Origo.hu, Hvg.hu, Facebook.com
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