Hungary was the first European Union member state to join the new International Religious Freedom Alliance launched by US President Donald Trump last year, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Washington, DC, after attending the organisation’s inaugural meeting chaired by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and attended by representatives of the 26 countries that have joined the new alliance. Szijjártó told MTI that Hungary did not accept international organisations “turning a blind eye” to the persecution of Christian communities around the world. He said Hungary has been a Christian state since its foundation more than a thousand years ago and as such carried a responsibility for persecuted Christian communities around the world. Hungary has so far provided 50 million dollars to aid these communities in Africa and the Middle East, he noted.
The US State Department said in a press statement: “The Alliance is a network of likeminded countries fully committed to advancing freedom of religion or belief around the world.”