Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has written to his Belarussian counterpart on behalf of the Catholic Archbishop of Minsk, Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, who was stopped from entering the country from Poland on August 31. In a statement commenting on the letter he wrote in English to Vladimir Makei, posted on Facebook on Sunday, Szijjártó said: “Given our friendship, I feel at ease writing to my counterpart … in view of protecting Christian values that the world needs now more than ever.”
The minister said he had known the metropolitan archbishop of Minsk-Mogilev for a long time. “I’m glad to note that we have a good relationship and we had a lively conversation when he received me at The Church of Saints Simon and Helena,” he said in his Facebook comments. In the letter, Szijjártó said Hungary wanted to maintain good relations with Belarus politically and economically, as well as in cultural and religious life. The minister said he strongly believed that Kondrusiewicz sought “a peaceful solution” without harbouring any political ulterior motives.