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Christians make up 80% of those persecuted because of their religion worldwide, with some 245 million having endured some form of persecution last year, Hungary’s foreign minister said in Washington, DC.

Every day, 11 Christians are killed because of their faith, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. Religious persecution has become one of the greatest security risks in the world, Szijjártó said. Christians are mostly persecuted for their faith in the Middle East and Africa, he added. In recent years, the Hungarian government has spent 36.5 million dollars on supporting those Christian communities so they can thrive in their homelands and in order to prevent another wave of migration towards Europe, he said. On the sidelines of the conference, Szijjártó had meetings with representatives of the US, the UK, Italy and Poland. He also held bilateral talks with Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srđjan Darmanović, Tariq Mahmood Ahmad, the UK prime minister’s special representative on preventing sexual violence and conflict, and Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abdul Momen, among others. The ministerial was organised by the US Department of State for the second time and hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.