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Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó pledged the Hungarian government’s support to persecuted Christians worldwide, despite current economic difficulties, at a conference held in London on Monday. At the International Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) Conference, Szijjártó said the government’s Hungary Helps programme has spent some 80 million dollars on reconstructing schools and hospitals and on economic support enabling locals to stay in their homeland. The programme has provided aid in 54 countries so far, he said. The scheme has funded the Nigerian Catholic Church and the Iraqi Chaldean Church which work to help women who survived sexual violence at the hands of Islamist terrorists, he said. Despite economic difficulties, European recession and other challenges, Hungary is committed to carrying on with the programme, he added. The conference was organised by the United Kingdom’s government between November 28 and 29.