Washington, D.C., December 3 (MTI) – Hungary’s cabinet deputy state secretary for social relations discussed opportunities for cultural cooperation with Jewish communities of Hungarian origin in Canada over the past week.
Csaba Latorcai told MTI over the phone that the Hungarian delegation, which included Andras Heisler, the head of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, met Jewish community leaders in Toronto to discuss initiatives that could serve as models for Hungarian Jewish communities for establishing complex institutions.
Latorcai said the partners discussed potential ways the Hungarian government could support Jewish community initiatives. He said investors in Toronto indicated that they would be willing to join the government in supporting nonprofit cultural and public education institutions.
The Hungarian delegation had talks with Helen Angus, Ontario’s deputy minister of citizenship, immigration and international trade on cultural cooperation and joint memorial events to be held on the 60th anniversary of the 1956 revolution. They also discussed 1956 commemorative events in the Department of Canadian Heritage and Latorcai noted that the Hungarian government is prepared to contribute 25 million forints (EUR 80,550) to the construction of a memorial honouring the victims of communism to be set up in Ottawa.
In Boisbriand, Quebec, near Montreal, Latorcai met representatives of the orthodox Jewish community to discuss infrastructure developments in pilgrimage tourism.
The delegation met Peter Boehm, Canada’s deputy foreign minister, and discussed the crisis in the Middle East and Europe’s migration crisis.