Budapest, February 21 (MTI) – Prime Minister Viktor Orbán welcomed the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ephraim Ignatius II, for a working lunch in Budapest on Tuesday.
Their talks focussed on helping Mid-eastern Christians stay in their homeland and facilitating their return to the liberated areas, the prime minister’s press chief Bertalan Havasi told MTI.
Orbán promised help in building university facilities in Syria and rebuilding destroyed villages in Iraq, he said.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén and Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog.
The Budapest programme of the patriarch includes giving a speech at the Péter Pázmány Catholic University on Wednesday.