Budapest, April 29 (MTI) – Christian communities in the Middle East are under threat, the co-ruling Christian Democrats (KDNP) said on Friday.

In the competition between western culture and Islamic and eastern cultures, the former has fallen behind, KDNP group leader Péter Harrach said. Among the reasons are the West’s identity crisis and the rejection of its roots, he added.

In order to help Christians in the Middle East, it is necessary to make a distinction between refugees and migrants. People who are genuinely in a difficult situation should be granted help but this should be primarily done locally, he added.

MEP György Hölvényi, who recently visited the region, said Christian communities there are on the verge of extinction. In Iraq, for instance, their number dropped from 1.5 million to 200,000. They expect help from Europe, he added.

Europe lacks common foreign policy and defence policy, so it would be a “false approach” to get involved in a military situation. The EU should provide humanitarian aid, and there are many untapped options in this area, he added.


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