At the meeting in Štrbské Pleso, northern Slovakia, Szijjártó said the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe offered a forum for “dialogue between the west and the east”. Sensible dialogue is of great importance for central European countries, he added. “The time for partnership instead of lecturing has come in international politics,” he said. It should be accepted that all nations know what’s best for them, he added.
Szijjártó told Hungarian media that ethnic minorities’ rights had been harmed recently in eastern Europe. Hungarian minorities in Ukraine have been suffering from attacks to their right to the use of Hungarian and education. “We expect the new Ukrainian president and leadership to put an end to that…” he said.
Another task is to unequivocally state that the persecution of Christians in the world is unacceptable, Szijjártó said. “The persecution of Christians must be stopped, but so must the practice of many western European approaches suggesting that anti-Christian sentiment is the last acceptable form of discrimination,” he said.