The Jewish community is safe in Hungary, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Facebook on Saturday. UPDATE: The foreign ministry has summoned Germany’s ambassador to Hungary over recent remarks by German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth.
Szijjarto reacted to comments by Germany’s Minister of State Michael Roth in which Szijjarto said the official had accused Hungary of anti-Semitism.
“Our Jewish compatriots have no reason to be afraid,”
Szijjarto said. “Their cultural festivals don’t require the presence of soldiers armed to the teeth, their synagogues and cemeteries were rebuilt with state funding and we were the proud hosts of the European Maccabi Games last year.”
The minister said he had “engaged in many fierce debates” with Roth between 2012 and 2014 when they were both foreign ministry state secretaries.
“Michael Roth took every opportunity he got to attack Hungary and Poland,” Szijjarto said. “And does so to this day.”
“So his attacks tend to go ignored these days,” he said, adding that Roth had now accused Hungary of something “that can’t go unanswered“.
Szijjarto called on Roth to “stop making demeaning attacks on Hungary” and recommended that the minister of state “take a look around his own backyard” the next time he addressed “such a serious issue“.
UPDATE: The foreign ministry has summoned Germany’s ambassador to Hungary over recent remarks by German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth. In a statement on Saturday, Roth made “anti-Semitic accusations concerning Hungary”, Peter Szijjarto, the foreign minister, said on Facebook. The ambassador will be received by State Secretary Levente Magyar on Monday morning.