New York, September 21 (MTI) – Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó met representatives of Jewish organisations in New York and assured his negotiating partners that “no national or religious minorities need to be afraid in Hungary”.
Following his talks on the sidelines of a United Nations general assembly session, Szijjártó told MTI that “Hungary is a Christian state and it has a Christian Democrat government”, adding that Christianity and anti-Semitism are “totally incompatible”.
On another subject, Szijjártó noted that central or eastern Europe had not delegated a UN secretary-general in the past 70 years. That region, he said, is “extremely sensitive” in terms of the war in Ukraine, energy security challenges, tension in the Western Balkans, relations between Russia and the European Union, and “a number of sensitive issues which, it seems, our western European or trans-Atlantic friends my not comprehend in their entirety”. “Therefore it is a very important interest that the UN should at last have a secretary-general from this region”, he said.
Such a candidate, aware of problems of the region and familiar with the attitude of its people, could be instrumental in improving the situation in central Europe and easing its conflicts and tensions, the foreign minister insisted.