Orbán holds talks with religious leaders – UPDATE
Cairo, June 2 (MTI) – Prime Minister Orbán Viktor discussed Hungarian-Egyptian relations and European political matters with Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar Mosque, in Cairo on Thursday.
Orbán and el-Tayeb discussed the possible reasons behind Europe’s difficulty in understanding recent events in Egypt and the country’s political situation, the prime minister’s press chief said.
Orbán said Europe should try to break free from “the bondage of political and philosophical preconceptions”. Europe’s political ideas limit the understanding the continent could have of Egypt and makes it even harder to give any kind of advice to the country, the prime minister was quoted as saying.
El-Tayeb described the meeting as useful and productive.
Orbán invited the grand imam to visit Hungary so that he could get to know Hungarians and their culture better.
Orbán meets relatives of Egyptian Coptic Christians killed in Libya
Cairo, June 2 (MTI) – Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Thursday met family members of Egyptian Coptic Christians who were murdered in Libya last year.
Orban expressed his condolences to the families and presented them with gift packages at the office of the Coptic pope in Cairo.
The prime minister thanked the Coptic Church for its help in distributing Hungarian aid to Coptic Christian families. He said Hungary will continue helping families in need in the future, too.
Peter Kveck, Hungary’s ambassador to Egypt, told public media that the Hungarian embassy in Cairo is constantly monitoring the situation of Coptic Christians and is keeping the Hungarian government up to date. This way, the government can speak out on behalf of Copts at international forums whenever they are harmed or threatened.